Govt Adopts New Security Measures

Hotels To Compile List of Lodgers

 BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE

 AS part of measures aimed at checking criminality, hotels in Delta State are to commence the compilation of data of lodgers.

The state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who  announced this at a meeting with traditional rulers in Asaba, yesterday, said a bill will soon be sent to the House of Assembly to give legal bite to the move.

The governor explained that the move has become necessary because  most criminals use hotels as hiding places.

“In most parts of the world, you do not just check into hotels without giving the operators your name and other identities.

“We want information of persons entering our hotels. Such information must include their names, address and phone numbers,” he explained.

Dr. Uduaghan vowed that the government was  poised to tackle the security challenges posed by kidnapping, armed robbery and explosions, adding that infrastructure that will aid surveillance would be provided.

While asserting that the security situation in parts of  the state were unacceptable, the governor also unfolded plans to register the leadership of community associations through the various local government councils.

He said while the registration will entail the compilation of their data which would be passed on to the state government, traditional rulers, would be expected to have regular meeting with the community leaders.

Essentially, Governor Uduaghan stated that on their part, the community leaders are expected to go into their communities for information gathering.

He underscored the importance  of information gathering and exchange, adding that security agencies perform better when fed with relevant information.

The governor’s meeting with traditional rulers which later went into closed session, was atend by service commanders in the state.