The winner of Best Nigerian Tour Guide, Mr Anago Osho, on Tuesday urged tour guides in the country to embrace research and development to be able to relay unique stories of the nation to tourists.
Osho gave this advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, Nigerian tour guides should be committed to research, and develop themselves to carry out their duties well.
He also urged governments to train tour guides, who he described as ambassadors because of their vital roles in attracting tourists.
“I will advise my colleagues to engage in constant research for their personal development to be able to relay history as it is.
“ Government at all levels should also look into training of tour guides on the history of their localities and ethics.
“This will enable them to woo more tourists into the country,” he said.
Osho, also President, West African Tour Guide Association, Nigeria Chapter, said that he would ensure exposure of more Nigerian tour guides to international trainings.
He said this would help to ensure that Nigerian tour guides were equipped with detailed information as regards tour guiding.
According to him, the training is highly needed now that Nigeria is exploring more means of income generation through the tourism industry.
“I will be making impacts in ensuring that more Nigerian tour guides are exposed to International trainings to further equip them with necessary information they need to excel and place Nigeria on the tourism global map.
“I have received several commendations locally and Internationally but the award has only come to motivate me more to work harder in ensuring that the tourism industry is improved on,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osho was awarded the best Nigerian tour guide by the Nigerian Travel Week Balearica awards (Nigeria Tourism Awards) on Nov, 22.
Osho, who had authored three books, `Lekeleke’, `How the Slave Trade Began’ and `The History of Seriki Williams Abass of Badagry’ said his fourth book will come out in 2020.