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SERVESAFE: ITPN Partners Humanitarian Ministry to train Caterers

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Joel AjayiIn continuation with its quest of ensuring safety and hygiene of food served in the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP) in terms of quality and safety of its delivery and consumption, the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) is training caterers and support experts involved and handling the program to ensure compliance in food safety and hygienic procedures in the alternative school feeding scheme.                             Speaking at the venue of the training program in Abuja, National President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, said the Institute employed the services of competent and qualified professionals in food hygiene and safety to impact the knowledge and skills of food preparation, management and service to consumers in the safest ways that ensure the desired health benefits of food consumption for beneficiaries of the new, improved alternative School Feeding Program.                                        Chief Odusanwo noted that food-borne illnesses are a major public health concern especially in the home grown school feeding program meant for children as it can impact negatively on their health and of individuals, giving rise to reduced economic productivity, adding that in the event of outbreaks of food-borne diseases, this costs the nation millions of Naira annually to address.                                          He said illnesses which are mostly caused by the consumption of contaminated food or water, poor hygiene, cross contamination, improper handling and inadequate heat treatment of food, can be averted if those engaged in food preparations and other handling processes and procedures are expertly trained with the requisite management skills on food safety handling which the Servesafe modules in the alternative school feeding program seeks to address.                                           He disclosed that the key challenges facing the enhancement of food safety in the country include lack of awareness of the socio-economic importance of food safety, absence of adequate information on incidence of food borne disease outbreaks, lack of understanding of food safety and quality standards as outlined in international agreements and the inability to enforce compliance commensurate with the demands of enforcement of regulatory bodies, noting further that it is in response to these challenges that the Servesafe Quality Assurance Supervisors, Caterers and Support Experts trainings were organized.                                               The two training programs which were executed by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in collaboration with the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria, saw participants of the Training Programmes drawn from all Training Centres, Caterers Food Hygiene Handling Experts across the country drilled on key food safety areas including: ‘Overview of Safe Food’; ‘How to Avoid Food Contamination’; ‘The Servesafe Food Handler’ and ‘Servesafe Facilities and Pest Management and Control’. Other are: ‘Servesafe flow of Food Production and Service’; Servesafe Cleaning and Sanitation’; Servesafe Flow of Food Production and Service’ and ‘Servesafe Food Safety Management System’ and were presented with Certificates acknowledging them as qualified food safety supervisors and qualified Food Hygiene Caterers respectively in the country’s food value chain and hospitality trades.                                                      

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China Embassy Honours Kangiwa With Award Of Excellence For Advancing Nigeria Relations

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The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has honoured Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), at a colourful ceremony to mark the 51st Anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties between China and Nigeria held at the Cultural Centre of the Embassy in Abuja.


The Award tagged October 1st Award of China – Nigeria Friendship was bestowed on Kangiwa in view of his very valuable contributions to the growth and sustenance of healthy bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China and further urged Kangiwa to remain steadfast in his most-worthy contributions in the service of humanity and among nations of the world for better international cooperation.


Making the presentation of the Award on behalf of Mr. Cui Jianchun, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhang Vi, The Minister Counsellor in the Chinese Embassy, noted that Kangiwa has continuously worked and cooperated with the Embassy in cultural, tourism and hospitality promotion activities that have boosted the existence of cordial and bilateral relationship between the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China and Nigeria.


In his response, Kangiwa who expressed his gratitude to the Embassy for the recognition, promised to continue to cooperate in efforts at promoting healthy bilateral ties between the two countries for socio economic and cultural benefits of both countries, noting that the Award will spur him to do more in his service to Nigeria in particular, and humanity as a whole.


Kangiwa was among 51 prominent Nigerians honoured at the ceremony for their contributions in various fields and spheres of human endeavours by the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China at this year’s 1st October Award of China – Nigerian Friendship Anniversary.

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