An international hotel consultant and management expert and Managing Director, Africa, Swiss International Hotels and Resorts, Dr Babalola Wasiu Adeyemo has charged stakeholders in the hospitality industry to rally support through practical commitment to resuscitate the Nigeria Hotel and Catering Institute (NHCI) from its present state.
Dr Adeyemo made the call on a social media, where he urged core stakeholders to join the NHCI reactivation campaign platform to save the industry man-power development institute from going into comatose.
“I created this professional page on Facebook to serve as a pro-active medium to get like-minds to work towards resuscitating the NHCI and get it out of comatose. The efforts of our heroes past must not be in vain.
“This page was created to energise, coordinate and create awareness for stakeholders in the hotel and catering industry to know our positions, harmonise same and put up a common front for the benefit of all.
“Unfulfilled promises are responsible for our lagging behind in the industry. If this was how the likes of Pa Alamutu, Late Adefeso, Pa Olaseni Oduyoye, Mr Chris Adedipe, Mr Bolarinwa Jaiyeola among others positioned the Institute, people like us would not have aspired and attained its fellowship status.”
Speaking further on how to make the campaign more active and result oriented Adeyemo said “We have over 60 likes here with less than 30 likes on the page. You are either for this cause or against us. United we can get our voice heard. Like the page and share same with your friends.
“In the coming days, once we attain at least 100 likes on the page, we shall put forward our action plans for discussions after which we will move into action.”
The hotel management expert however thanked some of the stakeholders who have started responding through feedback on the NHCI Facebook professional page.
“The call for the survival of our dear institute is timely and urgently necessary to get back on our feet. No one has more stake in the NHCI than us, the current generation.” He added.
One of the respondents and stakeholders, Lanre kayode, in his candid contribution called on fellow stakeholders to start participating in different programmes that have to do with the industry.
“I think members should address their minds toward attending programes set up by NHCI rather than cheap propaganda. If you continue this way, though you set up a thousand groups, they will go down without commitments.
Another stakeholder, Oloyede Teslim saw it as a welcome development for the institute.
“Very thoughtful my brother we are with you I raised a similar issue with HATMAN members in Abuja sometimes in March this year.