|LAGOS – Mr Ayanyemi Barnabas, the Director of Studies, Standard Aviation and Maritime Institute,
Lagos, on Thursday said the institute trained an average of 400 students per year since 2008.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
Barnabas, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the school had, however, graduated over 1,600 students in four years “purposely to increase professionalism in the sector.’’
“However, there is still the need to produce more professionals to reposition the nation’s tourism industry to meet foreign standard.
“Tourism is capable of employing over a hundred million persons across various sectors. There are lots of natural resources and potential in the sector that should be harnessed.
“Government should appoint professionals in all sectors of the economy, including tourism to bring about effective and efficient result,’’ Barnabas said.
He noted the shortfall of professionals in the industry and called for the establishment of more tourism schools to produce additional professionals.
Barnabas urged the Federal Government to provide an enabling investment environment for entrepreneurs to enhance tourism activities.
“Such idea will assist the nation to attain its many set goals in the development of the sector,’’ he said.
According to him, the role of the private sector in investing in the tourism industry in the country is enormous.
“The role of the private sector in attaining national goals should be given due consideration because the role of the public sector is regulatory,’’ he said.
He described tourism as a fast-growing industry all over the world and with the highest number of employees. (NAN)