KADUNA – The Secretary-General, Kaduna State branch of Nigeria Hotels Association, Mr Jijiwin Akpovwovwo, on Wednesday said hotels in the state were safe following new security measures to protect clients.
Akpovwovwo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that proprietors of hotels in the state are working closely with security agencies to ensure safety in their operations.
He said security operatives have been attached to every hotel, and that efforts were also made to screen customers to weed out criminals.
According to him, some of the hotels now use metal detectors to screen vehicle and patrons while others have installed close circuit cameras for surveillance.
“Security is the bed rock of development, because without security development cannot take place, indeed security is fundamental and paramount to human development,” Akpovwovwo said.
He identified multiple and illegal taxes, poor power supply and high electricity tariff as some of the problems confronting the hotel industry in the state.
According to him, the problem has led to the reduction of the workforce while some hotels are unable to pay salaries as at when due.
Akpovwovwo urged the state government to intervene, to allow the hotels play their part in the economic development of the state. (NAN