By ANDREW ESSIEN ABUJA
An Abuja based hospitality firm, Masterminds Catering & Culinary Institute (MCCI) has revealed a plan to partner relevant government agencies to organise the first Taste of Abuja Festival.
The organisation said it is coming on board to alleviate poverty and bring about gender parity for men and women to learn the skills on the culture of how to be excellent and give excellent service delivery in the hospitality industry.
Speaking with newsmen Tuesday in Abuja during the grand launching of the institute, Rector of the MCCI Mrs. Khadijat Abiose Fashina, said the Taste of Abuja festival will showcase local ingredients, local delicacies, local crafts and arts.
Fashina said: “There is a festival that happened all over the world and I was privileged to attend the taste of Abuh Dahbi which was supported by so many hospitality industries all over the world and technocrats and I felt it will be very nice to replicate same here with the Taste of Abuja.
“We are here to close the skills gap in the hospitality and tourism sector.
“We believe and know that hospitality industry is one of the industries that provide the highest level employment anywhere in the world and we want to be partner in achieving the dream of putting Nigeria on the world map as one of the best hospitality destinations.
“We will use our knowledge and skills and facilities to make sure our learners get the proper skills set that will put them at par with their contemporaries all over the world.”
The MCCI Rector also revealed that the institute will empower about 500 individuals in the next two years.
“It is our target that in the next two years, mastermind catering institute would have trained over 500 enthusiastic individual in the hospitality in various sectors of the industry which are food and beverage production, food and beverage service, hotel accommodation and house keeping service.”