A task force set up by the commissioner of police MUSTAPHA DANDAURA to clamp down on hotels who are yet to install CCTV has commenced operation with visits to the five star hotels in the state.
The task force which is made up of the Nigeria Hotels Association, the Nigeria police and DSS begun clamp down on hotels without CCTV operating in the state on Wednesday.
leader of the taskforce team enforcing the mandatory compliance of installation of CCTV and standard check in and check Napoleon Okoh said the need for hotel owners to comply with these guidelines cannot be over emphasized to avoid security bridge.
Meanwhile Hospitality industry in Rivers state has decried low patronage following the news of serial killings in hotels around the state. The Assistant General Manager of hotel Presidential Rex Yakugoro told the team that the security standard of the hotel will not allow any criminal to come in and operate freely, he said ‘’first of all we don’t have short time because what we operate is room rate and from the moment you come into the hotel we are monitoring because our CCTVs are everywhere’’ we have standard operating system that guides our operation. I think government should control the proliferation of hotels’’ there should be standard for hotels which are usually Categorized so it was surprising to us that somebody can just walk into a hotel and kill somebody and walk away.’’
The General Mangers Golden Tulip in Port Harcourt Anthony Akhieze also confirmed to us that the issue of serial killing in hotels in rivers state affected our operation, he said yes that issue was blown out of proportion and one can’t even imagine that it happened in hotels. That affected our guest turn over, we have been experiencing low patronage of guest and that most events which usually takes place in the state were moved to Lagos. It also affected our finance as well because some company Retainership we usually have such accounts were moved to Lagos.
The GM of Golden Tulip MR. ANTHONY called on the taskforce to take the enforcement to all nooks and cranny of the state to fish out the substandard hotels to soar the image of the hospitality industry in rivers state which he said is quite not good in the international and national bodies.
The Novotel Front Desk Manager JOY FERNADEZ said though the issue of low patronage did not affect its operation but it has a culture of safety and security procedure in place which everyone comply to but that safety is an everyday thing for The NOVOTEL staff
She called on the smaller hotels with porous security to embrace the necessary security procedures that could boost the Image and the negative narrative of the hotels in The state.