COVID-19: Hoteliers give FG conditions to release facilities


Hotel owners in Nigeria have given the Federal Government conditions for the use of their hotels as isolation centres in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The hoteliers under the Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria said they were ready to support the government in this time of need, though the government must meet their conditions.

HAFTAN President, Samson Aturu, said, “In collaboration with FTAN (Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria), we have had lots of discussion on this issue. Our position is that hotels can collaborate with the government because this is a matter of national interest. But the government must be ready to negotiate with hotel owners. The association does not have a direct authority on hotel owners because most hotels are owned by investors.

“Already, we have developed a standard operating procedure in these COVID-19 times which will be applied to all our hotels. The idea is that if a hotel is going to be used as an isolation centre, the facility must be decontaminated after a COVID-19 patient is discharged. This is one of the conditions for giving out hotels to the government to use as isolation centres.

“We don’t want a situation whereby we would allow hotels to be used as isolation centres and we would have to be begging the government to pay the bills afterwards,” he said.

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