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FCTA directs hotel operators to register with social secretariat, start profiling guests

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has ordered all hospitality and tourism establishments such as hotels, guest inns and houses to register and get license with the Social Development Secretariat, SDS.

The Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Umar Shuaibu, gave the order at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

The news conference was on the enforcement of the FCT Contravention on Violation of Land Uses by the operators of the hospitality industry.

Mr Shuaibu said that the council discovered that many of the owners of the hospitality industry operating in the territory are not known to the FCT administration.

He also said that most owners of hotels in the territory were operating without following the appropriate procedure of acquiring all necessary approvals from the relevant agencies of the administration.

“This is not proper because no organisation can operate in a place without getting approval from government.

“The FCT Administration has observed with great concern that some random persons altered their land use from the initial approved purpose to hospitality purposes.

“Many of these contraventions are residential quarters that were converted to hotels, and brothels etc. These constitute security challenges in the entire territory,” Shuaibu said.

The coordinator, therefore, said that every hospitality operator in Abuja must profile all guests and visitors with “verifying app.”

He said that the administration identified that many criminal elements disguise themselves and check into some hospitality services as guests before and after carrying out their nefarious activities.

“Therefore, it has become imperative for the FCT Administration to close all the loopholes in order to deal with all security challenges that have now become a daily occurrence not only in the capital city but the nation at large.

“Operators willing to comply and any intending ones are to use the available window of proper registration with the Social Development Secretariat. At the end of the day, they will be the facilitators of their safety and everyone.

“It is not business as usual for those who have formed the habit of breaking the extant laws of the FCT. They should know that there is no hiding place for them.

“They will henceforth be prosecuted accordingly,” the coordinator said.

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