The Rivers state government says it has set motion in place to ensure that all hotels in Rivers state comply with security and safety standardization obtainable in hospitality Industry.
This is sequel to the recent happening in port Harcourt where women were allegedly strangled to death by yet to be identified killers after having sex with them in Hotels within the port Harcourt metropolis.
The permanent secretary of Ministry of culture and Tourism represented by the Director of culture and tourism PRINCEWILL IBITORU stated this at the meeting Nigeria Hotels Association on security challenges facing the hospitality industry in Rivers state.
He said the ministry will work with security agencies to ensure that hotels in the state comply with the global standard of checking in and out for all Guest.
Also speaking at the meeting the state chairman of Nigeria hotel Association Eugene Nwauzi called on all hotel owners to comply with the directives from the security agencies and the state government in ensuring that the hospitality industry drives Tourism investment through standard practice.
For their part The department of state security services DSS has decried the near absence of standard check in and check out procedure witnessed in most hotels in the state.
The State director of DSS represented by Princewill Usoh. At the meeting with hotels Association of Nigeria held in port Harcourt urged hotel owners and managers to insist on Valid form of Identification for all guests and ensure that rooms are checked before all guest leaves the hotel.
He said the standard form of identification is driving license. International Passport. Known company’s ID Cards or any other cards approved by the hotel association executives.
He said hotels should discourage the use of short time for brothels and motels or get necessary identification for clients.
For their part representative of the Nigeria police force Rivers State Command Rep of police assistant superintendent of police Christian udeogu urged the hotels owners and operators to do a background checks of all staff and taxi operators offering services within and external services to check levels of kidnapping of guest within and outside their environments he promised to take back questions asked him to the commissioner of police for proper answers and channeled through the Nigeria Hotels Association.
Some of the participants however lamented on the tedious task of sending different forms of report to DSS, POLICE, IMMIGRATION AND EFCC. And asked for online distribution of this form to the various security arms.
Others seek for the review of the welfare of managers of hotels and also the need for the association to print the set standard of checking in out for all hotels to paste for their guest to comply with the standard check in and out.
Our Correspondent reports that all hotels are required to forward their monthly returns of guest check in and out to SIB Unit of the Nigeria police, Nigeria immigration service and the department of state security services.