Operators of the tourism and hospitality industry in the country have been challenged to adhere to the principles and ethics of responsible hospitality and tourism practices in their operations to curb the current spate of climate change threatening humanity globally.

Senator Nora Ladi Daduut, Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, expressed the concern while declaring open the 2022 Annual Master Lecture Series organized by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

According to a press release signed by the Director of Media and Public Relations at the Institute, Mr Ahmed Sule, the Senator said every sector of human endeavour has in one way or the other impacted negatively on the environment leading to the emission of carbons that deplete the ozone layers and pollute the environment.

The parliamentarian who spoke through one of her aides, Isaac Aliyu, said the choice of the 2022 theme by NIHOTOUR couldn’t have come at a better time than now when the global community is being challenged by unwholesome climatic change and needs urgent human intervention to curb its menace and safe humanity of its dire consequences.

Earlier in his welcome address, Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of NIHOTOUR said the choice of the theme for this year’s Master Lecture Series on Climate Change was deliberate as a way of complimenting the Federal Government’s efforts in achieving Goal No. 13 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) which seeks to tackle the menace of climate change by all nations across the globe.

While speaking through Dr Taiwo Famogbiyele, Director of Research and Development, Kangiwa noted that the Hospitality and Tourism industry is also contributing to the worsening climatic condition by its operations that do not adhere to guidelines of mitigation procedures against environmental destabilisation and pollution.

The NIHOTOUR boss urged operators to retrace their steps and be vanguards in the efforts to correct the anomaly through responsible and sustainable hospitality and tourism operation practices, as desired by the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO).

Also delivering a keynote address at the event, Dr Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Information and Culture represented by Mrs Patricia Narai, Director of Domestic and Eco-Tourism Promotion and Control, pointed out efforts by the Federal Government to cut carbon emissions to the barest minimum through responsible tourism and hospitality operations as part of the country’s contribution to global efforts at mitigating climate change.

Stakeholders and partners of NIHOTOUR present at the occasion delivered Goodwill messages commending the Institute for taking the initiative of seeking the ways and means of addressing such an important global phenomenon as Climate Change in the interest of the country in particular and the world at large.

A total presentation of 23 papers was made by Lecturers and Instructors from the nine Campuses of the Institute spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country, including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory with varying sub-themes bordering on the main theme of the 2022 Master Lecture Series; Driving Global Climate Action Through Responsible Tourism/Hospitality Business in Nigeria.

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