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Nigerians Urged To Promote Culture Of Food Sustainability As NIHOTOUR Hosts 2022 World Gastronomy Day

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Joel Ajayi
The culture of promoting Nigerian foods and cuisines for both domestic and international consumption as a means of entrenching sustainability and food security for the country has once again been stressed.

                   
Distinguished Senator (Prof) Nora Ladi Daduut and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism who made the emphasis while declaring opened the 2022 United Nations World Sustainable Gastronomy Day hosted by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in Abuja over the weekend, said this became imperative as another avenue of promoting the nation’s rich food culture to the world as well as growing what we e She noted that food as one of man’s most basic needs must be put in the front burner of our national discourse as a means of not only fighting hunger, but also eradicating poverty and ensuring availability of foods for all at affordable cost, adding that the annual observance of the World Sustainable Gastronomy Day in Nigeria under the auspices of NIHOTOUR is a welcome development that must be promoted, maintained and sustained so that Nigeria will remain vividly visible on the food map of the world.     

In her address at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku, represented by Mrs. Patricia Narai, Director, Domestic Tourism in the Ministry, said the Nigerian government is fully committed to the growth and development of the country’s foods and cuisines not only for internal consumption, but for export as another source of foreign income earning because of the fertile land that the country is blessed with to grow enough food and feed the world.


She called on Nigerians, irrespective of their societal status, to take up farming even if it is at subsistence levels to achieve food sustainability and food security that the world is yearning to achieve.                   

 Earlier in his welcome address, the Director General of NIHOTOUR, Nura Sani Kangiwa stated that because of the rich cultural diversity of Nigerian foods and cuisines, the country will soon be a preferred gastronomy destination in Africa for the global tourism community, noting that because of its multiplier effects as a tourism product, it will empower the youths and eradicate unemployment and the scourge of poverty.                               

 He said NIHOTOUR will continue to intensify efforts at hands-on skill training for youths and practicing professionals in the travel tourism and hospitality industry in order to place the nation’s tourism and hospitality industry in the right position as an economic activity for the socio-economic benefits of the country.                 

Goodwill messages were presented by members of the Diplomatic community, key players and critical stakeholders in the industry including heads of Ministerial Agencies and Departments who extols the virtues and foresights of NIHOTOUR under the leadership of Nura Kangiwa to up Nigeria’s stake in the growth and development of the country’s travel tourism and hospitality sector with creative ideas and programs.


Side attractions of the event include the exhibition of Nigerian foods, beverages and cuisines from the six geo-political zones of the country by NIHOTOUR, showcasing of foods and cuisines by foreign embassies in Nigeria such as the Peoples Republic of China, Spain, Ethiopia among others, private food vendors and catering outfits as well as the unveiling of the state of the art Mobile Training Kitchen produced by NIHOTOUR to upscale the outreach of its hands-on training in cookery and hospitality management. 


Others are the presentation of Certificates and cash prizes to students and schools that participated and won in the Essay Writing competition on Tourism organized by NIHOTOUR as part of activities to mark the 2022 World Sustainable Gastronomy Observance Day.                        

   The 2022 World Sustainable Gastronomy Day instituted by the United Nations is aimed at enlightening the public and promoting the art of gastronomy which is a cultural expression of nations through their food choices, sources of ingredients and types of cuisines which thrives in culturally rich destinations. The occasion had in attendance critical stakeholders in both public and private sector of the travel tourism and hospitality sector of the country.

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Africa Wedding Expo 2022 Gets New Date

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The organisers of Africa’s foremost wedding exposition have announced the postponement of the event originally slated to hold June 28-29, at the Monarch Event Centre, Lagos. 


In a press statement released signed by Dayo Falade, Executive Convener of the Africa Wedding Expo 2022, it regretted the postponement of the much anticipated event.

According to the statement it pleaded with prospective sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, attendees, volunteers and wedding event enthusiasts, for their understanding on the unfortunate postponement.


It went on to explain that the organisers lost a strategic member in charge of its affairs to the cold hands of death in Kenya. Adding that it would be insensitive to go hold  ahead with the event as scheduled.

 
The statement further reassured prospective exhibitors and vendors who have registered and paid for participation at the event not to fret. That their places at the event are assured. 


“We made this difficult decision due to a tragic event that happened on June 23rd which we believe if we allow the event go on, it will seem insensitive to the family involved. This is very much heavy on us as a whole lot has been invested time, energy and resources into making sure AFRICA WEDDING EXPO 2022 happen in grand style but unfortunately we have to postpone till later date.

“We are sincerely sorry for the inconveniences this very change will cause to everyone who is looking forward to the event. This is a phase that’s beyond our control.


It added reassuringly, “All payment made from various quarters including booths reservation by vendors, partners and exhibitors would remain valid for the event, which we have rescheduled to hold October 25-26, 2022.


“We appreciate your level of understanding that we do not have control over nature and your willingness to go though this phase with us, we need your support by being patient with us and helping to calm any negative reactions within your area of influence,” it added conclusively. 

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