COVID-19: Hotel owners association begs Buhari to relax inter-state travel ban

COVID-19: Hotel owners association begs Buhari to relax inter-state travel ban

- The association of hotel owners in Nigeria has urged the federal government to relax the Covid-19 inter-state travel ban

- Eze Patrick C.Anyanwu, the association's president, said the ban is negatively affecting their business

- Anyanwu also wants hotel owners to be given financial palliative through the umbrella of Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTA )

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The Nigeria Hotel Association has urged the federal government to relax the inter-state Covid-19 induced travel ban saying it is negatively affecting the businesses in their industry.

The association's president, Eze Patrick C. Anyanwu, made the plea, in a press briefing held at Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi, on Friday, June 5, The Sun reports.

Anyanwu hailed the federal governments for the various measures it has put in place to avoid the further spread of the virus.

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COVID-19: Hotel owners association begs Buhari to relax inter-state travel ban

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 is in charge of articulating Buhari's directives on the pandemic. Photo credit: NCDC
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He urged the government to relax the inter-state travel ban just as it has started removing other restrictions earlier imposed to contain the pandemic.

"I still want to call on the federal government to please relax the inter-state travel ban without which the hotels cannot have any impact as 95% of the hotel customers come from different states,” he said.

Anyanwu also wants the association to be given financial palliative through the umbrella of Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTA ) as a special intervention.

He stressed the importance of the hospitality industry in the country's economy, noting that it immensely contributes to employment.

Anyanwu said that the hospitality and aviation sector has been badly hit and will need financial palliative for sustenance.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the peace and stability being enjoyed in the country just as he advised all hotel owners to register under NHA so that they would understand the rules and regulations governing the industry.

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Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state on Thursday, June 4, gave a fresh update on the restriction on the interstate movement, especially in the southwest geo-political zone of the country.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said that the decision on when to lift the ban on interstate movement would be made by the governors of the southwest.

He said regulating inter-state movement is a joint effort, adding that the state has been able to manage people coming from the Benin Republic.

"Regulating inter-state movement is a joint effort. We have been able to manage people coming from the Benin Republic," he said.

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