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Oyo threatens to shut down unregistered hotels, clubs, others

By Wole Oyebade
14 November 2022   |   3:11 am
Oyo State Tourism Board, in collaboration with the Hoteliers Association of Oyo State, has threatened to shut down all unregistered hotels, guest houses, clubs, bars, lounges, restaurants and event centres in the state.

Oyo. Photo/facebook/OfficialSeyiMakinde

Oyo State Tourism Board, in collaboration with the Hoteliers Association of Oyo State, has threatened to shut down all unregistered hotels, guest houses, clubs, bars, lounges, restaurants and event centres in the state.

The board said the clampdown, in line with the forthcoming state-wide sensitisation programme across all 33 local governments, is to awaken the consciousness of all hotel owners on the dangers of drug use, insecurity, cybercrime, human trafficking, kidnapping, coupled with the benefits of joining the hoteliers’ association and mandatory registration with the Oyo State Tourism Board.

Chairman of the Oyo State Tourism Board, Adejumobi Adebowale, noted that the sensitisation programme is in conjunction with other government parastatals like the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS), State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), and Department of State Services (DSS).

Adebowale said the initiative is a win-win for all parties, availing the opportunity to gather data and also regulate the hospitality and tourism industry effectively.

The first phase of the sensitisation project, which will be held from November 14 to 16, 2022, will cover all the zones across the state, except those within Ibadan city, while the second Phase will be held across the LGAs within the city of Ibadan on a later date.

He noted that the mandatory registration of hospitality businesses is in accordance with the Oyo State Tourism and Hospitality Law 2020. “All hospitality organisations are hereby advised to visit the Oyo State Tourism Board, to fulfil their registration requirements on or before December 31, 2022, so as to avoid being sanctioned,” he said.