Babatunde Fashola, Lagos State governor, has made public the result of the hotels classification exercise conducted by the state government .
The governor announced the result recently during the launch of the book, ‘Lagos a visitor’s guide,’ which chronicled the location of hotels, eateries and other tourist centres in the state.
The governor, last year inaugurated two committees; Hotel classification, grading ratification, and Appeal committee, and Hotel classification and grading review committee, respectively chaired by Gbolahan Elias and Larry Segun-Lean, to ensure hotels in the state were graded appropriately.
The governor who was represented by Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Commissioner for Education, explained that the result did capture all the hotels in the state. “We have graded 50 hotels in the state. They represent the first phase of the exercise,” Oladunjoye said.
The governor said that the hotels were graded between one and five stars, noting that the classification will benefit the government and the owners of the hotels in the state.
“The benefit of registration is immense. For instance when Lagos had the Ebola Virus Disease crisis, because we had the data of the schools, we were able to tackle the deadly disease within the school environment. If we have the same data with hotels, we will be able to do the same. With the registration, classification and others, we would be able to provide security for any establishment in the state. We will know where such company is located and how to navigate to its location. And if there is need to increase the facilities in such area. It will be a win-win game.”
He however warned hotel owners not to relent in upgrading their facilities. “We will not stop to visit your hotels, to ensure that you conform to standards that have earned some of you the grades today,” the governor said.
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