<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism will soon take off in Benue State with an offer to train up to 1000 students in the sector.
The institute would take off at the Entrepreneurship Development Centre for the North Central Zone in Makurdi.
Director General of the Institute, Mrs.Chika Balogun, made the disclosure yesterday during an interview with journalists shortly after Governor Samuel Ortom inspected facilities at the center.
Mrs Balogun said the institute would issue certificates to all the trainees that would enable them to secure jobs in the sector any where in the world.
She stressed the need for the people of the state to take advantage of the training which would expose them to numerous job opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry within the country and elsewhere in the World.
Also speaking, the Programme Director, CBN Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Mr.Lucky Onmonya, said the Centre was at the moment training 500 people through a tripartite agreement, adding that those trained had been fully equipped to be meaningfully engaged upon graduation.
Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom said he decided to lead a delegation to visit the Centre to see the level of work done preparatory to the commencement of activities temporary by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism.
Governor Ortom who said the training of more people of the state at the institute would add value the lives of people in the state and promised sustained monitoring so as to ensure early completion of work.
The Director of the Benue State Council For Arts and Culture, Mr Terseer Aernyi, presented trophies and certificates won at the National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST, to the Governor during the visit.
Governor Ortom and his delegation thereafter inspected on-going work at the Skills Acquisition Centre in Makurdi being constructed under the conditional grants scheme of the Sustainable Development Goals.