Director-General, Centre for Black Arts and Africa Civilisation (CBAAC), Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, has disclosed that the centre will train 300 tour guides on how to receive foreign delegates during the celebration of FESTAC’77@40.
Anikwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that the training, programmed for May 22 to June 12, would hold in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
He said the training was to ensure that the foreign delegates, coming into the country for the event, were knowledgeable about the states and regions of the country they would be visiting.
According to him, the centre is partnering tour operators and professionals in the tourism sector to ensure that the tour guides are properly equipped with facts about the country.
“CBAAC, which is the organisation planning the celebration of the 40th anniversary of FESTAC’77, has earmarked three weeks for the training, so that the tour guides will be able to internalised everything they would be taught.
“The services of the tour guides are highly needed to ensure that foreign delegates feel at home through effective communication then ,’’ Anikwe said.
He said that the tour guides would be taught Nigerian history, customs, culture, the geo-political zones, educational, cultural and foreign policies, traditional ethics, morality and pre-colonial history.
Other areas the guides would be taught are Nigerian patriotism, philosophy, culinary, social template, and a sketch of the country’s geography.
“I will be one of those to train these tour guides because I want it to be effective.
“The celebration will commence fully toward the end of May, but we will not receive any foreign delegate until the training is completed.
“The centrifugal factors of Nigerian history will be focused on more, and the trained tour guides will be distributed to the states where we will be having activities.
“Some of the states are: Cross River, Katsina, Sokoto, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, and the FCT (Abuja),” he said.