By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR),said the agency is collaborating with National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), to train personnel on hajj operations.
The Director General NIHOTOUR Nura Kangiwa made the disclosure when the Chairman/CEO of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Zikirullah Kunle Hassan paid him a courtesy visit.
Kangiwa in a statement signed by Ahmed Sule, deputy director media and public relations,reiterated the importance of professional competence and certification in the effectiveness of handling Hajj operations for Nigerian pilgrims as one of the conditional requirements by Authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He explained reasons why the partnership was necessary, saying that “since its establishment over three decades ago, NIHOTOUR has trained over 10,000 certified IATA personnel in the nation’s Travel and Tourism industry”.
He also emphasized that IATA is the best training centre in Africa and among the top 10 best IATA training centres globally.
He pointed out that with this track record of excellence, NIHOTOUR is prepared to bring its vast material and manpower resources to bear in training and re-training of the manpower needs of the Hajj Commission.
In his response,Chairman/CEO NAHCON, Zikirullah Hassan said all along the agency was aware of the requirements by the Saudi authorities on professionalism, competence,IATA certification of officials and personnel handling Hajj operations into the Holy land,.
Hassan stated that the Commission gladly welcomes NIHOTOUR’s proposal to offer training for its staff and personnel.
He noted that the World is changing with the professionalization of every aspect of activities of our lives and the Hajj operation is not an exception.
He maintained that NIHOTOUR’s approach of the Commission to offer its training services couldn’t have come at a better time than now, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which requires high level of professional conduct in the handling of future Hajj operations.