Tourism Minister to unveil NIHOTOUR Mobile Training kitchen truck

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By Palma Ileye

National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR, has acquired a State-of-the-Art mobile training kitchen truck which will be officially launched and opened to the public by Nigeria’s Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Lola Ade-John, on Tuesday 6th February 2024.

This is contained in a press release issued by Joesef Karim, Public Relations Officer for National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR.

The modern kitchen-on-wheels will be deployed to Nigeria’s hinterlands for hospitality and catering skills development, trainings and demonstrations where NIHOTOUR currently has no campus.

NIHOTOUR was established by Act of Parliament with the mandate to train, certify and register all personnel in Nigeria’s hospitality, travel, and tourism sectors.

The NIHOTOUR Mobile Training Kitchen is designed to be 95% eco-friendly, as all equipment and power generator on board the truck runs on LPG. Only the Vehicle engine runs on Diesel.

Equipment in the motorized kitchen includes professional catering 5 burner gas cooker, ⁠double door tower fridge with ice maker and crusher, ⁠display fridge and freezer for ice cream, and gas powered double deep fryer.

Other kitchen equipment in the truck is a griddle with dual surface heating with gas, ⁠heavy duty microwave, 500 litres water tank with dedicated pressure pump for the kitchen sink, gas powered 16-dish food warmer, kitchen blender centre, 10kva generator, high power electric inverter air conditioner, ⁠carbo dioxide and other deadly gas emission detector, multi – cylinder fire extinguisher for safety on board and a built-in ⁠water tank.

Nura Kangiwa, the Director General of NIHOTOUR, said that, “One of our objectives for investing on such a high-quality motorized training platform is to facilitate the fulfilment of core mandate, as an agency of the Federal Government, with responsibility of training and upskilling personnel in Nigeria’s hospitality sector. So far, we have 11 campuses across Nigeria’s six-geopolitical zones, hence this truck will enable us to take our trainings to locations where we are yet to set up a campus or training centre.”

Kangiwa assured that, “expectedly, the acquisition of the mobile training truck will contribute significantly to achieving our goal of taking training closer to the stakeholders in the hinterlands, enhance our market presence sub-nationally, and eventually expand our reach within the hospitality and tourism industry.”