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Kidnappings, COVID-19 crippling hospitality business in Nigeria – Hotelier

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Kidnappings, COVID-19 crippling hospitality business in Nigeria – Hotelier

A hotelier, Abiodun Isinkaiye, lamented that kidnappings and the COVID-19 pandemic are crippling hotel activities in the country, especially in Ekiti.

Mr Isinkaiye said the hospitality sector, which was grappling with the continuing problem of epileptic power supply in Nigeria, was being made worse by the increase in kidnapping cases and the outbreak of the COVID-pandemic. 19.

The owner of the Prosperous Royal Hotels and Resort told Ado-Ekiti on Monday at a public conference.

The program was part of the activities of the 2021 annual public conference and awards ceremony organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Correspondents’ Chapel, Ekiti Council.

He called on the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to work hard to curb the kidnappings of Nigerians by unknown gunmen.

He added that the recent trend of kidnappings had reduced the profit margins of every sector of the economy, with the hospitality sector the most affected.

“Managing the hotel business has always been a problem in Nigeria given the epileptic electricity supply that we have faced for a long time.

“We rely on diesel generators as the power source, which reduces our profit margin as the power supply has to run for 24 hours to keep our customers comfortable.

“While we are still trying to deal with this, COVID-19 and kidnappings have surfaced. Both have really negatively affected the hotel business in Nigeria, in fact we cannot quantify the difficulties we are facing in the industry, ”Mr. Isinkaiye said.

He added that since the start of the two phenomena, the business environment had changed; adding that the number of visitors to their facilities has declined with fear that they may be kidnapped or come into contact with the deadly virus.

“When large numbers of visitors to the state from government or corporate bodies are required, these are now drastically reduced; because of these recent challenges and these are the people we depend on the most for sponsorship.

“It hasn’t been easy for us to run this business lately. We are no longer receiving visitors and the few visitors we do have need to be safe and secure, which means we also need to invest more in security so that our visitors are not kidnapped, ”he added.

The hotelier also said it must comply with government guidelines on the application of COVID-19 protocols at all its facilities by investing more in the purchase of disinfectants and other basic necessities by spending money. huge sums of money.

Isinkaiye, however, described the hospitality industry as a “reliable job-generating sector in the country,” calling on government at all levels to provide hoteliers with the help they need to survive in the business.

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