The Hotel and Personal Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (HAPSSSA), is urging the Federal Government to put an end to kidnapping and banditry in the country.
HAPSSSA National President, Comrade Ademola Adeyemi made the disclosure at the 35 years anniversary, and delegate Conference in Abuja.
According to him, there is need to free the country from different forms of insecurity such as banditry, armed robbery, herdsmen invasion, political and ritual killings.
He charged the Federal Government to double up its effort at tackling the security menace in the country, noting that it is having an adverse effect on the hospitality industry.
Speaking further, he said the theme of the event, “Insecurity in the Hospitality and Tourism Sectors” is critical due to the current happenings in the country.
“We believe that at the end of the lecture, we will be able to find out lasting solutions to insecurity challenge in different part of the country.
On a daily basis, we are being faced with different issues, some of which are manmade, and can be averted and nipped in the bud. It is our desire that as a country, we will be free from all forms of invasion and insecurity”.
The Trade Union Congress President, Quadri Olaleye bemoaned the fact that large number of Nigerians are dying through insecurity on a daily basis.
“We have lost count of the numbers of people killed and displaced throughout the country because of insecurity. The truth is that if the people perpetrating the dastardly act had a means of livelihood, it is possible that they wouldn’t have gone into crime.”
In the same vein, he added that the hospitality industry has not been fully tapped into, due to its huge potential nature, and hence the need to tighten the security challenge facing the sector.
“The first point of call for investors and tourists is a hotel. The hospitality sector is not doing well enough because we have not taken advantage of its potentials. I will like to counsel that we all become more security conscious and be our brother’s keeper.”
He also implored government at all levels to productively engage the youths such that they won’t engage in negative acts.
“More money would have been generated if we had more people working; sadly more people are not working because there are no investments. And why are there no investments? The environment is unfriendly security wise. It is worrisome that despite military proclamations of defeat of terrorism by government forces, abductions, suicide bombings, and attacks on civilian targets have persisted.”