operators of hotels, hospitality centres and other recreational
facilities to register them or face sanction.
The state Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, who gave
the advice, said the registration would afford the state
government to monitor activities at such places.
The ministry’s spokesman, Mr Ganiyu Lawal, said that hotels
and facilities centres must comply before the end of the
year or face sanctions.
He said the registration was part of the ministry`s efforts to
upgrade the present standards of hotels and hospitality
groups in the state to an internationally acceptable standard.
He said the exercise would also serve as security-assurance
for tourists and users that might want to lodge in them.
The spokesman said that the ministry would invoke the
Hotel Licensing Law of Lagos State to ensure that all hotel
operators and hospitality groups complied.
“A number of hotels and hospitality groups had refused to
comply with the directive before now.
“Sequel to that, the Commissioner, Mr. Folorunso Folarin-
Coker, had directed that defaulters be fished out, “ he said.
The spokesman said that there had been an increase in the
number of registered hotels and hospitality groups from the
450 recorded in May.
Nevertheless, the unregistered ones were more than those
registered, he said.
“We still have some miles to cover with the current number
of unregistered hotels; but we shall continue to appeal to
them to comply before the year runs out, “ he said.