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Want to be the CEO of a Catering outfit?

zika on Tuesday Aug 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The National Open University of Nigeria has recently commissioned an ultra-modern restaurant at its headquarters located at 14/16 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island Lagos, and is in the process of engaging a catering outfit to manage the restaurant both as a fast food outlet and a high level sit-in dining, mainly for the purpose of providing high quality and affordable meals for staff and the general public.


The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria vide the noun act of 1983. The mission of the University, as a dedicated single mode open and distance learning institution, is to make education available to as many people as are sufficiently prepared, able and Willing to benefit from the various levels of education provided through the distance learning mode.


The NOUN Headquarters is a twelve storey building, Which served as the former Federal Ministry of Education in Lagos. It houses the administrative machinery of the university comprising the offices of the Vice-Chancellor, the Principal Officers of the University, and the Schools and Centres through which the academic programmes are delivered. At present, the University currently has 39 (thirty-nine) StUdy Centres spread across the country.



Interested Catering companies are invited to submit detailed application detailing their experiences, maximum number they have catered for at any given moment, the diversity and variety of their menu and include any special culinary experience they can offer the public through NOUN Restaurant.

Bids must be accompanied by the following:

1. Three referees attesting to the professional competency, corporate integrity and credibility, and service reliability of the outfit.

2. A one-page statement about public catering in specialised environment for the 21st century and include the number of staff under their employment and an organogram of their outfit.

3. A non-refundable fee of Fifty Thousand Naira (#5O, OOO.OO) only, payable in bank draftto National Open University of Nigeria.

All applications should be submitted within two (2) weeks from the date of this publication in sealed envelopes indicating "CATERING" at the top left hand corner addressed to:

The Registrar,

National Open University of Nigeria 14/16Ahmadu Bello Way

Victoria Island


N.B: Applications can also be submitted online to the following address:

Signed Josephine O. Akinyemi (Mrs) Registrar


Interested applications must include the following:

Evidence of a minimum of 5years experience in the catering industry.

Proven skills and expertise in the preparation of African and Continental dishes as well as confectio nary.

Certificate of Incorporation, company profile and tax receipt for the last 3years.

Evidence of Financial capabilities.



Successful applicants would also be required to:

1.Work very closely with the NOUN Restaurant Management Committee.

2. Provide services to Management and other meetings with top class catering services during special events at very short notice.

3. Provide catering services to both staff and the general public as and when needed.


The University has partly equipped the restaurant; however, the successful applicant will be required to supplement the equipment for maximum efficiency.

Please note that the contract will be on a lease agreement for an initial period of two years in the first instance, which may be renewable SUbject to satisfactory performance.


Interested caterers are free to visit and inspect the restaurant with the permission of either, the Registrar, Acting Director of Procurement or Director, Directorate of Physical Planning and Development before submitting their bids.

Shortlisted applicants should be prepared to make detailed written presentation to the University Management selection team.

The successful applicant must be prepared to begin the provision of services at the University within two weeks of receiving the letter of engagement upon payment to the University of a deposit of ONE MILLION NAIRA (N1, OOO, OOO.OO) only, which is refundable at the end of contract.



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