The leading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant for next year’s election in Akwa Ibom, Pastor Umo Eno,has been honoured by the Nigerian Hotel and Catering Institute (NHCI) in recognition of his contributions to the growth of the institute and the hospitality industry in Nigeria.
NHCI is the flagship professional institute that services the hospitality and tourism industry in Nigeria.
The event was part of the activities of the investiture of its 10th president, Mr Olugbenga Sunmonu, annual fellows dinner and corporate member induction.
At the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, venue of the event, Sunmonu explained that the honour was in appreciation of Eno’s contribution to the Nigerian Hotel and Catering Institute (NHCI), and especially as the chairman on the event.
He also appreciated the seasoned entrepreneur for supporting the growth of the hospitality industry and adding to the economic index via unemployment reduction.
The president noted that Eno, who is a fellow of the institute and the immediate-past commissioner for lands and water resources in Akwa Ibom, has been of immense assistance to the institute over the years, having solely hosted one of the major conferences of the institute where he showed such great leadership.
He stressed that the award was a deserving honour.
Receiving the award, Eno, represented by the chief executive officer of Royalty Group, Mr Ebong Eno, who was also inducted as a fellow of the institute, thanked the NHCI for the honour, and promised to continue to support the growth of the institute, while helping to promote the huge economic potential of the hospitality and tourism industry.
The colourful event had in attendance: Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, Lagos commissioner for tourism, arts and culture; Mrs Bolanle Dada, immediate past president, NHCI; Mrs Olayinka Pamela Adedayo, a business magnate and founder, De Tastee Group, among others.