The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged Hotel Managers in the state to sustain the secured environment of the state by taking proactive measures that will forestall any case of insecurity as they render their critical and paramount services in the state.
Governor Ikpeazu threw the challenge while declaring open a one-day workshop organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture in conjunction with the State Marketing and Quality Management Agency for Hospitality and Tourism Operators in the state.
He explained that the sensitization is of great importance to the state and urged the participants to be serious with it.
The Governor represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, disclosed that hotels and Security share great symbiotic relationship of which any lapse in vigilance and Surveillance by the Managers will result to criminality.
Governor Ikpeazu also stressed the need for functional CCTV cameras and other security gadgets to stamp out insecurity which has ravaged the country in recent times.
Dr. Ikpeazu recalled proactive steps taken by his administration in the past seven years which made the Abia the Oasis of peace in the zone until last two months when security operations in the neighboring states led to the influx of criminals into the state.
He said that the involvement of various security Agencies in the workshop underscored the importance his administration gives to the security of lives and property while encouraging all to help achieve a secured and stable environment.
The State Chief Executive who noted that security and vigilance are instruments of liberty, advised them to ensure quality management of the food they serve their customers and hygienic environment, while appreciating the organizers for their thoughtfulness in organizing the workshop.
In their separate speeches, the Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Janet Agbade, represented by the Aba Area Commander, Mr. Kabiru Ibrahim, Mr. Peter Samuel of the DSS, the Deputy State Commander of Operations and Intelligence, NDLEA – Mr. Omerio Odo and the Commissioner for Homeland Security, Mr. Sopuruchi Bekee, represented by a retired Assistant Director – Mr. Tony Izim, said Hotels have become hide outs for criminals and called for adequate information and collaboration to fight against it.
They requested the managers to reinforce their security system, recruit people of integrity, install CCTV cameras, ensure steady power for adequate illumination of their premises and alert systems in case of emergency.
Presenting his address, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism – Mr. Tony Nwamuo, said that the State Government sees the Hospital industry as critical stakeholder in security matters which made her welcome the workshop, stressing that the absence of security will negatively affect the sector.
Contributing, the Chairman, Taskforce for Regulation, Surveillance and Regularization of Hotels and Hospitality Industry – Mr. Kingsley Okadigbo, enjoined hotel managers to grant them unrestricted access for discharge of their duties, ensure proper documentation of every customer and install important gadgets that will help curb crime in the state.
Some of the participants including the Chairman, Hospitality Industry and Quality Management – Mr. Chidiebere Obasi, Mr. John Ozuomba and Mr. Daniel Nnodim, appealed to the Security Agencies to treat their information with great urgency, expressing their readiness to collaborate with the state government in tackling crime in Abia.
In a vote of thanks, the Director General, Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency – Mr. Sam Hart, who also pointed out that Hotels had become potential outlets of criminals, advised citizen to be security conscious.
Correspondent, Chinyere Francis Anyaogu, reports that the workshop which attracted the presence of Eze Nzenwata Mbakwe and other Personalities featured presentation of certificates to participants.