The Ijaw National Professional Association has promised to workout modalities that can quicken the process of accreditation of vocational programmes at the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Speaking during an unscheduled visit to have on-the-spot assessment of facilities at the Institute, the President of the Association, Lagos Branch, Mr. Elaye Otrofaniowei pledged to mobilise relevant industry players within and outside the state to boost manpower training and improve the international status of the Institute.
Mr. Otrofaniowei however called on the state government to pay more attention in order to place the Tourism Institute on a sound pedestal and as a new investment destination point.He charged management to explore alternative ways of revenue generation to boost the investment and business potential including retaining some of the best vocational graduates for further re-certification.
Earlier, the Rector of the Institute, Mr. Samuel Timi Johnson thanked the Association for showing keen interest and reiterated the willingness to continue to engage and collaborate with private sector investors.
Mr. Timi Johnson highlighted some of the challenges facing the Institute and noted that it has made some progress since it commenced operation through the intervention of the restoration administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson whom he described as Tourism and Hospitality-friendly.