By Oboh Linus
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) had offered to train 13 travel guides in Nasarawa ahead of the full commencement of Farin Ruwa Water Falls Resort, in the state.
Mr Nura Kangiwa, Director-General of the Institute disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Wamba Local Government Area (LGA) during a feasibility visit to the resort.
Kangiwa said the institute was ready to train one person from each of the 13 LGAs of the state, in preparation for the job.
He added that the training of the 13 indigenious travel guides would be an added advantage, as they were already familiar with the terrain.
“We believe that the training of the 13 travel guides is the right step, so by the time the developers finish developing this place, the indigenes will be ready to take people around, ” he said.
On his part, Mr Falorunsho Coker, Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) described the water falls resort as spectacular, noting that the tourism sector had the capacity to drive the economy of the country.
“For us in NTDC, promotion of domestic Tourism is one of our functions, as a Nigerian, you must see this before the foreigners. Don’t wait until it is packaged before you see it, get up, come and see the beauty of nature for yourself,” he said.
Mr Dogo Shammah, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in Nasarawa said the Gov. Abdullahi Sule -led administration was committed to diversifying the state’s economy.
“The water fall is so unique, if fully developed and harnessed, it will not only serve as a tourist hub, but will also improve Internally Generated Revenue as well as create employment for the teeming youths,” he said. (NAN)