NHA Coordinator Denies Media Report

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The Special Investigation Bureau, SIB, Lagos State Police Command recently invited the National Coordinator of the National Hoteliers Association of Nigeria, NHA, Mr Lanre Awoseyin to explain why he is opposed to the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, that all hospitality centres in the country register with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation NTDC.

Awoseyin had in a story published in a national newspaper allegedly said that the hotel and tourism corporation do not subscribe to the idea of registering with the NTDC because it has registered with the state government. But he denied saying this and claimed he was quoted out of context.

Responding to the invitation of the Police authorities in Lagos, Awoseyin said he never made the statement ascribed to him as he was always in support of government policies that could move the country forward.

The Inspector General stated that the Police were committed to enforcing the directive in order to help the NTDC develop a reliable database of all hotels operating in the country, which is expected to help security agencies monitor hotels and other tourist destinations in a bid to rid them of criminals.

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Awoseyin, who commended the efforts of the IGP on the current challenges to combat crime in the country explained that what was written in the paper was not what he discussed with the reporter. He said: “I was surprised and very embarrassed by what was written, I spoke with the reporter and we discussed the issue of registration and in fact I told him that it was desirable because it was an avenue for us to check criminality.

“As far as I am concerned in several parts of the country, most hotels have registered. As a matter of fact our office, the NHA office, has been instrumental in ensuring success of this exercise throughout the country,” he added.

He added that the Nigeria Hotel Administration had instructed its members to ensure proper documentation of all guests in order to assist security agents.

—Lucky Lawal

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