Commissioner tasks hospitality industries on security measures

Admin 15 Dec, 2017 News

By Tola Gbadamosi
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The Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Ismaila Olurimisi has implored operators and stakeholders in tourism and hospitality industry to key into the new security measure and strategy that would ensure the safety and welfare of guests, tourists and others  patronising their services in the state.

This statement was made during the just concluded 4th Biennial Conference of the Hoteliers Associations of Nigeria,  Ondo  State chapter  which was held at the Police, Officer’s Mess”Alagbaka, Akure, themed: “Hospitality Business in Nigeria and New Security Device.”

The conference was fully attended and chaired by the Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Ismaila Olurimisi, the Commissioner of Police, who was represented by his  Deputy, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju and  Chairperson Hon. Chief (Mrs) Ruth Olowokere among others.

The Commissioner affirmed that tourism has been designed as one of the five sectors that will drive  economic diversification and ensure the country’s long term sustainability.”

 “While other sector suffered setback from economic and security challenges in recent times, you would notice that tourism remains resilent and has sent a strong signal to decision makers that tourism must be placed at the forefront of their development plan in order to achieve sustainable development in our country’s development.”

Olurimisi added that,  the  administration of Arakurin Rotimi Akeredolu has positioned the  tourism sector as highlighted in the recently unveiled economic strategic policy of this administration as a tool in the development of the state economy through the implementation of laudable programmes  and the development of various sites including identifying and development of new tourism potentials in the state.

The Commissioner said that the conference came at the right time to  assess the present economic situation and security challenges facing the nation and the effect on  the growth of tourism and hospitality industry.

 “I will implore operators and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry that this conference  should  come up with new security measures and strategy that would ensure the welfare of guests, tourists  and others patronizing their service.

 ” Let me use this opportunity to appeal to stakeholders to cooperate  with this administration in the development  of the tourism  sector by being responsive to the government through the prompt payment of their annual tourism registration levies as   this will enable the government to provide more social infrastructural services  to the development of the tourism industry in the state.”

Speaking earlier was the Chairman of the association, Elder Moses Omoniyi who gave assurance that  the association will improve on their dues payment and expressed  hope that hotel operators  would key  into the new security device that has been newly introduced.

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