From next year, any guest wanting to lodge in any hotel within Sokoto will be required to have a valid identification card, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, has said.
He said this new directive becomes necessary in view of the precarious security situation in the country and the need to protect lives and property in the state.
The Governor, who spoke when his secondary school classmates visited him at his residence in Sokoto, said the new policy, which he said is a standard procedure in all parts of the world, would affect both Nigerians and foreigners.
He said the implementation is delayed until next year in order to sensitise hotel owners, security agencies and the general public on the new policy.
“In other parts of the world, you cannot just go and lodge in any hotel without valid identification. However, this is not the case in Nigeria. We are introducing this policy as part of our commitment to security of citizens.
“Sokoto has enjoyed peace but we will not relent on our oars, we will continue to do more to support our security agencies.
“If you are a foreigner, you must present your international passport with a valid Nigerian visa. If you are a Nigerian, the hotels will demand one of drivers’ licence, international passport or National ID Card,” Mr. Tambuwal said.
While urging all citizens of Sokoto to be security conscious, Mr. Tambuwal appealed to the people not to relent in their cooperation with security agencies, adding that responsibility for securing the state lies with all persons.
He commended the Federal Government for the proactive measure adopted in containing insurgency in the country.
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