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FG reacts to U.S. travel advisory on Nigerian hotels

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FG reacts to U.S. travel advisory on Nigerian hotels

Mohammed Idris Malagi

Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

The Federal Government has warned that the recent travel advisory issued by the United States, US, on Nigerian hotels will create needless panic, create severe adverse economic impact and undermine efforts to attract investment into the country.

Recall that the United States Government had in an advisory issued over the weekend warned its citizens to keep off hotels in the country over alleged plot by terrorists to attack the facilities.

But reacting to the advisory, at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Mohamed Malagi warned the US and other foreign countries against generalising isolated security incidents in the country.

The Minister also said the Nigerian government is doing everything possible to tackle insecurity and guarantee safety of tourists and others in the country.

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Malagi said, “We understand the concerns raised by the United States government in their recent travel advisory, but believe that it is imperative that we do not generalize isolated incidents across the entire hospitality industry.

“What we have seen is that such advisories do not achieve anything other than needless panic, and they can have severe adverse economic impact, not to talk of what they do to undermine the government’s efforts to attract investment.

“We have consistently prioritized the safety and well-being of all visitors to our country. We have implemented comprehensive security measures, both at the Federal and State levels, to ensure the safety of tourists and international guests.

“These measures include intense intelligence gathering, acquisition and deployment of additional platforms, training and re-training of personnel, cooperation with international law enforcement agencies, among others, to maintain a secure environment.”