By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has concluded arrangements for the inauguration of the Governing Board of the Hospitality and Tourism Sector Skills Council of Nigeria (HTSCCN) .
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Director, Media & Public Relation, Ahmed M.Sule.
The statement said the Director General NIHOTOUR, Nura Kangiwa, disclosed that inauguration of the Governing Board of the Council became imperative to enable the council commence the discharge of its duties and responsibilities in piloting the growth and development of the hospitality and tourism industry of the country via capacity building and professional skill development in line with demand needs of the industry as empowered by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and approved and directed by the National Executive Council
Kangiwa explained that the Council’s roles and responsibilities are stipulated to carry out employer-led engagements that take cognizance of the active involvement and participation of the Organized Private Sector in the industry comprising of trade unions, professional bodies, skills and workforce development institutions as well as critical stake-holders.
He said this are expected to influence training needs and delivery in the country, and posited that this will go a long way in reducing demand skills gaps and manpower shortage that has been the bane of development in the sector.
He noted that the Sector Skills Council will also among other benefits bring about increase in opportunities for all individuals in the workforce as well as create a Labour Market Information System (LMIS) that will assist planning and delivery of training and thus, achieve improved and enhanced productivity.
According to the Director General, the inauguration which is scheduled to hold on the 25th March, 2021, will be performed by the Minster of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, adding that participation of stakeholders of the industry will be via zoom meeting.