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Lagos threatens to shut 2,700 hotels for non-registration

Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor of Lagos State

“So far, only 300 hotels out of the 3000 we have identified have registered.”

The Lagos State Government on Friday threatened to shut over 2,700 hotels and restaurants in the state for failure to register their facilities.

Disun Holloway, the Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, made the threat at the 2014 Ministerial Press Briefing in Ikeja.

He said of the over 3,000 hotels and restaurants operating in the state, only 300 had fulfilled their registration requirements.

Mr. Holloway described the situation as unsavoury and unacceptable.

The commissioner said that officials of the ministry would soon be sent out to sanction defaulting hotels and restaurants.

“The law is very clear on this issue. It says hotels, restaurants and others must register.

“It has security implication to it. We need to know where the hotels are located, their number, the facilities available in each of the hotels and other important things.

“So far, only 300 hotels out of the 3000 we have identified have registered. We will soon begin to shut defaulting establishments. The law must be complied with,’’ he said.

Mr. Holloway said that the government had commenced the grading and classification of hotels to reposition the hospitality sector and promote standards.

He said 50 hotels had so far been fully classified, while some others were still undergoing the process of classification.

The commissioner also said that government initiated moves to partner the private sector to establish beach resorts.

He said that one of such, the Ilase Beach Resort, would soon become operational between Takwa Bay and Badagry to enhance the state’s tourism appeal.

“The beach resort will be on a parcel of land measuring 13.4 hectres and located in the Ilashe Peninsular near Badagry.

“It is believed that the resort will, upon completion, have an international conference centre, a location for domestic workshops and retreats,’’ Holloway said.

The commissioner said that the various projects under the Badagry Tourism Development Project would soon be completed.

According to him, some of the projects that have reached over 90 per cent completion stage include a museum at Vlekete Slave Market and the District Officer’s Residence.

He said the delivery of the projects would enhance the tourism development in Badagry and promote the economy of the ancient city.

The commissioner stated that the government was partnering stakeholders in the creative industry to protect and promote intellectual properties.

He said that no fewer than 36 persons had been arrested by the state’s Anti-Piracy Enforcement Team for piracy and other copyright violations.

Mr. Holloway said that the government was expanding its focus to Alaba, Ladipo and other flash points to apprehend violators.

The commissioner said that the government had given out the Apapa Amusement Park in Lagos State to a private operator, in a concession arrangement, as a step to revive the park.

(NAN)

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