The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the Commissioner for Tourism,Arts and Culture, Chief Tony Nwamuo and Director General, Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency,Mr. Sam Hart to immediately draw up guidelines and minimum standards for operations of Hospitality and Tourism Industry in the state.
Dr. Ikpeazu gave the directive while declaring open, a one day Capacity Workshop on Security and Quality Management for Hospitality and Tourism Operators in the state jointly organized by the State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in conjunction with Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency and Alpha-Gemini Resources Limited in Umuahia.
Governor Ikpeazu said the written document which will be posted to all Hospitality and Tourism business outfits in the state will ensure the safety of citizens and visitors in the state.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, said that Hospitality and Tourism Operators that failed to adhere to the directive will face severe sanctions.
He attributed the safety and ease of doing business by investors in the state to his administration’s innovations as well as collaborative efforts of Security Agencies and other relevant bodies in the state.
In their remarks, the State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Janet Agbade, represented Mr. Odion Ekeinde of the Area Command Headquarters, Umuahia, and the representative of DSS, Mr. Mathew Chollam, called on Hospitality and Tourism Operators in the state to be vigilant and ensure that surveillance devices installed in their business outfits are in good shape in order to curtail the activities of miscreants and mischievous elements.
Also Speaking, the State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Chief Tony Nwamuo, and the Director General, Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency, Mr. Sam Hart, said that the essence of the training workshop is to acquaint the Hospitality and Tourism Operators of the need to improve safety and security measures that will ensure safety of their clients and visitors to the state and compliment the giant efforts of the Governor on security.
Responding, the State Chairman, Hotels Association of Nigeria, Prince Charles Ezeala, and the State Task Force on Compliance, Security and Surveillance of Hotels and the Hospitality Industry,Mr. Kingsley Okadigbo, described theWorkshop as timely and thanked the State Government for the programme and assured that they would intensify efforts towards strengthening internal security in their establishments.
Our Correspondent, Simeon Kalu, reports that the Sensitization Workshop which featured Paper Presentation on Quality Management and the Hospitality Industry by a Resource Person, Lady Ijeoma Eze, GoodWill messages and issuance of certificates to the participants, also attracted the presence of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture,Mr. Okey Ihedioha, Commissioners, Representatives of Security Agencies and top Government officials.