…Distributes Palliatives To Hoteliers
The Ekiti State government has reiterated it’s commitment to the creation of a compelling conducive business atmosphere for the blooming of the tourism and the hospitality sector in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the governor of Ekiti State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre, gave this assurance yesterday while engaging members of the Hotelier’s Association of Ekiti State, at Fajuyi Park Ado Ekiti.
Mr Ojo – Lanre, who also used the occasion to distribute a consignment of COVID-19 palliative items, which included bags of food items and condom dispenser appliance, to hoteliers revealed that Dr Kayode Fayemi, who he described as a deep proponent of development tourism, has put in place bountiful developmental strategy and offerings for tourism, hospitality practitioners and stakeholders in the state.
Ojo – Lanre disclosed that Governor Fayemi, being a cosmopolitan fellow with a vast experience in governance and administration, is laying the fundamentals for sustainable germination, growth and blossoming of the tourism sector in the state.
He said that the palliative being handed over yesterday to the association was just a tip of the iceberg of palliatives and incentives which would be rolling out from the stable of the state government in recognition of the devastating effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on the hospitality industry in Ekiti State.
He disclosed that the Ekiti State governor recognised and appreciated the immense contributions, sacrifice and endurance of members of the association during the COVID-19 lockdown, hence his determination to cushion the effects of this, not only by the items donated yesterday, but also others impactful acts.
Ojo-Lanre stated that Governor Fayemi’s administration is focused on taking tourism to the next level is the Fountain if Knowledge, noting that the hotel and hospitality sub-sector of the industry plays a crucial role in tourism development and should be supported and encouraged.
The act of engagement of this association by Governor Fayemi made a solid impression on the members, who nominated three of their members to make responsorial statements.
Prince Kayode Oni, President, Highflier Hotel, who is a retired civil servant from the state applauded Governor Fayemi for his proactiveness and determination at growing the tourism sector in the state.
Extolling the act of engagement of the association by Fayemi through his SSA on Tourism Development, Mr Ojo – Lanre, Prince Oni disclosed that it was the first time that the association was being formally recognised and engaged purposefully by the government in the state.
He revealed that every tenure of Dr Fayemi has been a blessing to the tourism and hospitality sector.
Making copious reference to some of the tourism enhancements and achievements embarked upon by Fayemi during his first tenure, Oni said that he was not so much surprised by the governor’s sequential impressive tourism accomplishments in recent times.
He said the assogiation would be most grateful to the governor if he could sanitize the multiple taxes being loaded on their members and embark on the grading of the roads leading to some of these hotels.
On his part, Prof A Akomolafe, promoter of Cultural Centre Hotels, Ikere and an expert in biofuels, said that he was glad that the tourism sector is retaining committed attention from the government of Ekiti State, hoping that this great leap would not be truncated.
Lauding Governor Fayemi for instituting the private-public paticipation in Ekiti State, Prof Akomolafe lauded Governor Fayemi for instituting private-public participation in Ekiti State tourism sector, which he said is building a bridge of trust between the government and tourism stakeholders in the state, Akomolafe canvassed for a synergy of purpose to be formed between Ekiti tourism stakeholders, security agencies and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.
Also, Chief Korode, President, Ekiti State Hoteliers’ Association, lauded Governor Fayemi for recognising and having a feel of the immeasurable and irreparable impacts of the COVID- 19 lockdowns on his members.
Assuring that the bags of food items and condom dispenser appliances would be distributed to members at their next general meeting,
Chief Korode declared that members of the association would partner the government in building a virile tourism sector in Ekiti.
Present at the engagement forum were: seasoned hospitality consultant, Mr Babatunde Dada; and a delegation from Ekiti State AIDS Control Agency, EKSACA, led by Mr Charles Doerthy, who enlightened members of the association on the use and essence of the condom dispenser machines, which the agency donated as part of the palliative items.