Hoteliers in Imo State have expressed worries at the incessant raids of hotels in the state by security agencies in search of criminals.
Speaking at a special get-together of Real Hotelier Club recently, President of the club, Chief Darlington Oforjioha, said the raids presents hotels as flash points of animal activities.
He noted that hotel business is for responsible people and advised on the need for mutual understanding, trust and communication between hoteliers and the security agencies.
Chief Oforjioha pledged the commitment of the club to cooperate with government and security agencies in the eradication or reduction of criminal activities such as kidnapping and armed robbery,
He, however, praised the security agencies on their efforts so far in that direction.
The president of the hoteliers, club lamented high taxation and indiscriminate levies on the hotels saying that it was one of the major factors militating against the growth of their business.
He pleaded with the state and federal governments to consider hoteliers as partners in boosting the economy through tourism and hospitality activities, urging them to carry hoteliers along in policy making.
Oforjioha decried lack of enabling environment, including power, good roads as well as little access to low interest loans.
He encouraged all hoteliers to join the club formed six years ago.
One of the special guests at the occasion, Hon. Hen Nwaguma, applauded the unity of the hoteliers and urged them to have bigger visions, invest in philanthropy and things of God and to have political savvy.
Also in attendance were Chief Ikenna Nnadozie, Chief Collins Duru, Barr. Julius Onyenucheya, Sir A.A. Agbara, High Chief David Aguocha, Chief Cajetan Obinna, Chief Emeka Polycarp, Comrade Chima Okorie, Mr. Joseph Adaraku, Mrs. Okechukwu Nnatee, among others.
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