This Day (Lagos)

30 November 2012

Nigeria: IG - War Against Terrorism Demands Collective Effort

Abuja — The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, thursday said for the country to make headway in its fight against terrorism, there was need for all hands to be on deck since the war against terrorism was now technology-driven.

According to him, fighting terrorism requires a lot, as there is need to acquire sophisticated equipment to complement their efforts rather than only deploying soldiers and policemen on the field

Abubakar disclosed this in Abuja, at the 2012 annual national conference of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria (HATMAN) with the theme: 'Tourism, Hospitality and Security in Nigeria: The Critical Relationship.'

Represented by Chief Suprintendent of Police FCT Command, Gabriel Elaigwu, the IG added that the hospitality industry should take appropriate security steps to ensure safety, noting that, they should seek the help of the police in recruiting private security agencies.

Also, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, represented by Director, Hospitality and Catering Services, Mr. Ernest Obia, said: "The present administration is doing all that is possible to encourage tourism development in Nigeria because of the tremendous benefits derivable there."

He stated further that the "Federal Government commitment to reposition this sector as one of the levers of economic growth and development is evident with the restructuring and professionalism of the ministry, production of a functional National Tourism Policy, establishing the Tourism Satellite Account."

Duke urged for greater vigilance and strategies by operators to overcome the threats of terrorism and challenges in the sector, while urging HATMAN to motivate it members to move the Nigeria Hospitality and tourism sector to an enviable global level where it would be mentioned in WTO reports and statistic.

Earlier, President of HATMAN, Ini Akpabio, said: "Today, the greatest challenge to our national survival and indeed the survival of the tourism industry is the issue of security. Many investments in the country in this sector are facing unprecedented challenges bordering on security of their investment and security of their business."

He noted that, many are unable to operate as a result of threat; but expressed optimism that the conference will proffered remedies to the security challenges with the aim of protecting the industry.

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