Katherine Adamu, the chief catering officer in the State House during the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan, was among the 53 that got the Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) awards. Katherine had put in 24 years of catering for those in the corridors of power with the Kaduna state house being her first port-of-duty.
Katherine started out as a Caterer in the Kaduna State Government House where she spent 12years and was transferred to the State House in Abuja on Olusegun Obasanjo’s request in 2003. She has been the Chief Catering Officer in the State House in Abuja for 12 years.
In an interview with Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye for Sun News, she shares her experience working in the State House.
Here is an excerpt from the interview;
On her challenge of working for powerful people, she said: “These are high calibre individuals and to meet their standards you have to be focused, you have to be confident. The first time you meet your principal you have to study him very well, gradually you will get to know what he likes and what he dislikes. You must make sure that whatever he likes is available whenever he wants to eat. When he sees that it gladdens his heart. Knowing your principal is number one quality any caterer must have, that way you keep your principal at ease and you earn his trust.”
Also answering questions on State House budget and criticism, she said: “The truth is that many people don’t know what it means to be in the corridor of power. The corridor of power is all about hospitality. If anybody comes to see the president and the person is not given something as common as water will he be happy? He won’t be happy. So anybody that visits the president must be entertained at least with drinks and small chops and in some occasion you give food. There must be something to eat and drink at his meetings, which sometimes hold late at nights or into the wee hours of the morning. So there is nothing wrong in entertaining every of the president’s guest. When people criticise the budget, I really don’t blame them they simply don’t know what it means to be in the corridor of power, if they do they won’t criticise the budget. In fact if you ask me what is budgeted for is not even enough for the president’s guests. Everybody coming here must be fed.”
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