Nigeria hoteliers to get biometric ID system for staff

Posted: April 27, 2012 in travel & tourism

In its renewed drive to check the activities of fraudsters within the hospitality industry in Nigeria, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation has perfected plans to introduce a biometric system of identification.

According to the Director General of the NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, the mechanism which will soon be fully operational across the country, is being developed by a United States based outfit and encompasses automated methods of recognizing staff working in hospitality outfits with a central database where such identities will be collated.

Otunba Runsewe gave the hint when addressing members of the Hotel Owners Forum Association (HOFA) in Abuja, Tuesday saying the technology when introduced is expected to outsmart fraudulent workers in the industry who have being having field day operating to the detriment of genuine practitioners in the industry.

Speaking further, Runsewe commended HOFA for its vital role in employment generation while advising the members to always put together tour packages as a product to advance the growth of the hospitality industry.

He noted that certain taxes levied on Hotel owners by government agencies has been stopped to encourage them just as royalties on music played in hospitality outfits as demanded by indigenous Musicians is superfluous because according to the NTDC chief, they are helping to promote such artiste by playing his/her music.

Apart from the security measure, the NTDC boss revealed that an internet database is currently developed by the corporation and Hotels will be given unique individual passwords where they can display their facilities and services to the entire world.

Runsewe reiterated his promise to give out thousands of the Startimes digital decoder procured from the Nigerian Television Authority to every Nigerian-based hospitality outfit like Hotels, Tour Operators, Eateries, Parks, Travel Agencies, with 6 months free subscription package observing that the aim remains to encourage and support the Hotel Owners while promoting viewership of local content as well as the maximization of profit for all parties involved in the collaboration.

Reacting to Otunba Runsewe’s address, the Chairman of HOFA, Engineer Onofiok Ekong who was visibly excited lauded the NTDC initiative reaffirming his confidence in the Corporation saying, “NTDC has done it before and is doing it again but we cannot say the same thing about other government agencies”

Speaking further, the HOFA Chair said that NTDC’s move has completely changed the perception of the private sector towards government agencies because of the NTDC/NTA partnership geared towards assisting the Hotel owners. He concluded by also thanking Startimes cable service for the cooperation noting that it was a new dimension in Public Private Partnership.

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