The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR, in partnership with Hospitality 360 Africa Limited, have concluded arrangements for the launch of a campaign ‘#SayNoToDirtyKitchen,’ targeted at evolving clean and hygienic kitchens, particularly at public places in the country.
Disclosing this plan was the Director General, DG, of NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to seal the collaboration at the Abuja headquarters of the institute.
The Director of Press and Public Relations of the institute, Mr. Ahmed Sule, said that the DG noted that the exercise will bring about a healthy eating environment at Nigerian public eateries.
Stating that the relevance of the campaign is in line with the institute’s training mandate in hospitality services, Kangiwa said that NIHOTOUR should not only be concerned with training people on cookery, but must ensure that the cooking is done in a clean and hygienic environment that does not endanger or compromise the health of customers, who patronize the eatery outlets.
He added that the partnership and participation of NIHOTOUR in the ‘#SayNoToDirtyKitchen’ campaign exercise is part of the training needs for practitioners in the hospitality industry to imbibe decent conduct of activities in the kitchen environment.
Earlier, Mr. Emeka Ihumezie, the Managing Director of Hospitality 360 Africa Limited, said the ‘#SayNoToDirtyKitchen’ campaign is imperative as a clarion call to the general public to up their ante in kitchen hygiene and cleanliness.
He explained that the campaign will bring to the consciousness of all stakeholders in the sector their rights and responsibilities towards building a culture of cleanliness and better hygiene in public kitchen environment.
Ihumezie said that the need to bring sanity to public eatery places, like restaurants, hotels, catering and night clubs in the country, cannot be overemphasized, particularly in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which places emphasis on cleanliness at all places of public convergence.