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Lagos threatens to shut over 2 500 hotels over non-registration

25 April 2014, 18:26

Ikeja - The Lagos State Government on Friday threatened to shut over 2 500 hotels and restaurants in the state over 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 out of the over 3 000 hotels and restaurants operating in the state only 350 had fulfilled their registration requirements.

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.

-  NAN

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