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Kangiwa Honoured, As Nihotour Thrills Guests To Naija Foods At Jabamah 2022

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Abuja was last weekend agog with fun and fanfare as tourism events took turns to entertain guests at the Atqnews Magazine flagship program, Jabamah beginning with the Award ceremony at the NICCON Luxury Hotel which saw Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), honored at the occasion as he carted home the Best Tourism CEO of the Year 2021 Award.

Kangiwa was described as a quintessential tourism administrator who has within the short time of his assumption of office as CEO of NIHOTOUR, brought an uncommon transformation to bear on the Institute in terms of improved quality training and enhanced human capacity development via skill acquisition training for youths and women across the country, collaborative efforts with critical stakeholders and clear visibility of the Institute within the committee of the nation’s travel tourism and hospitality industry and beyond.

Managing Director of Atqnews Magazine and organizer of the event, Amb Ikechi Uko while reading Kangiwa’s citation, said the Director-General has impacted positively on the quality of service delivery of the Institute most diligently and with a passion that the enormous training activities by the Institute to equip teeming Nigerian youths and women could not go unnoticed, noting that with such vibrant input on the part of NIHOTOUR in the industry, the nation’s tourism sector should look forward to a great boost in no too distant future.

In his response, Nura Kangiwa, who was visibly elated, said winning the Award wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation and support of the hard-working team of staff of the Institute, collaborative efforts, and understanding of stakeholders of the industry as well as the vision of the Management of Atqnews Magazine that singled him out of the many Tourism CEOs in the country for the Award.

He said he felt highly honored and humbled for the Award, noting that this will spur him more to further put in his best and persevere to see to the growth and development of the Nigerian travel tourism and hospitality industry in the area of quality manpower training that will ensure quality and standard service delivery in the sector in line with global best practices.

 Saturday, the second Day of the Two-Day event saw NIHOTOUR give guests the treat of Nigerian cuisines tagged NAIJA FOODS from the Six-geopolitical zones of the country as they were further entertained with music and other sundry sporting events as well as the exhibition of quality culture and art products, with the guests expressing their delight with the sumptuous dishes courtesy of NIHOTOUR.

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Emir of Argungu, Chief Alabi others Tips for NIHOTOUR Fellowship Award at Sustainable Gastronomy Day Event

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His Royal Highness, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammad Mera CON, His Highness, the Osolo of Isolo and Secretary General of Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Kabiru Kolawole Alakija Agbabiaka and Chief Samuel Olu Alabi, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, Eko Hotel and Suites and Chairman Board of Trustees, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) are among dignitaries to be honoured with the Fellowship of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) at the World Sustainable Gastronomy Day Celebration scheduled to hold on Saturday, 18th June, 2022 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Other recipients of the NIHOTOUR Fellowship Award are; Chief Godfrey Kio Jaja Amachree, Dr. Mrs. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutakura, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.


Director General of NIHOTOUR, Nura Sani Kangiwa has stated in Abuja that the awardees were chosen for the Fellowship Awards because of their enormous contributions to the promotion, growth and development of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry of the country in their respective domains, professions and patriotic service which has distinguished them as pioneers and pace setters in lifting the industry to greater heights.  


The Fellowship Award was instituted as the highest honour by the Institute on individuals who have distinguished themselves and contributed greatly to the education, skill acquisition and enhanced professional practices of professionals in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality sector of the country. Meanwhile, the Cooking and Essay Competitions for students of Tourism, Cookery and Catering studies in Secondary and Tertiary schools in the country instituted by NIHOTOUR to mark this year’s Sustainable World Gastronomy Day has commenced with participants slugging it out at the first round of the Cooking Competition held in Abuja.                                                                           

Speaking further on the two competitions, Nura Kangiwa said the essence of the cooking competition is to inculcate the high ethics of culinary practice amongst students of culinary and hospitality schools as well as to promote the culture of Nigerian culinary in the upcoming generation of youths for a sustainable national and cultural gastronomy of Nigeria, while the Essay Writing Competition is to instill the love for and practice of tourism as a profession and means of spending leisure time amongst the youths in their early stage of growth, ‘what can best be termed as catching them young’, said Kangiwa. The 2022 Sustainable World Gastronomy Day billed for 18th June, 2022 will be hosted by NIHOTOUR with participation and guests expected from practitioners, critical stakeholders of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality sector of both public and private sector organizations, the academia as well as foreign missions and embassies in the country.   

                                                                      Visitors and guests to the Gastronomy event will be treated to varieties of local, international and continental cuisines with quite a number of countries participating to showcase the culinary of their respective countries. These are; The Peoples Republic of China, Spain and Ethiopia among others.                                                                        

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