Security: Unlicensed hotels in Abuja to be shut down
By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
The Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency (AMMC) says it will shut down or revoke titles of hotels operating in residential areas in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja without license, after expiration of a two-week ultimatum given to them.
The Coordinator of the Council, Tpl Umar Shuiabu while highlighting the necessary punitive measures explained that the renewed clamp down against erring hotels, guests houses and motels, among others in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was to help curb insecurity in the nation’s capital.
Regretting that these unregistered hospitality facilities provided avenues for criminal elements to hide and perpetrate their crimes, Shuiabu insisted that all hotels, and the likes, must henceforth profile all their guests and liaise with relevant security agencies with a view to nipping the crimes and criminalities in the bud.
He noted that, “The FCTA 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, brothels etc. These constitute security challenges in the entire territory.
“Also identified is that many criminal elements disguise themselves and check into some of these hospitality services as guests and hide out before and after carrying out their nefarious activities.
“These property owners are operating hotels without following the appropriate procedure of acquiring all necessary approvals from the relevant agencies of the FCT Administration”.
While listing some of the conditions for operating such facilities, the coordinator said “All hospitality and tourism establishments such as hotels, guest Inns, guest houses, bed and breakfasts must be registered and licensed with the Social Development Secretariat; every hospitality operator must profile all guests and visitors with ‘verifymynin’ App”.
He also stated that all operators willing to comply with its guidelines should use register within a week, adding that such operators must be responsible for their own internal security arrangements.
Warning all operators to comply, the Coordinator said: “We wish to reiterate that it is not business as usual. Those who have formed the habit of breaking extant laws of the FCT should know that there is no place for them to hide”.