By Ifeyinwa Ogwo
Awka, Nov. 20, 2020 (MOI) Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism has commenced the sealing-off of unregistered restaurants, bars, nightclubs and eateries in Anambra State.
The exercise was carried out by an `Enforcement Team’ from the Ministry at Club Road and other parts of Awka.
Restaurants, bars, nightclubs and eateries sealed off by the team include Cofi Premium Bar and Lounge, Nourisha Fast-foods, 11 Point 5 kitchen and Bar, Empire Nightclub.
Others are Papaya Cuisine Bar and Events Place, Block C Restaurant and Fish-Meal Nar.
In a speech during the exercise, the Commissioner for Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Dr Christian Madubuko noted that it was necessary to ensure strict compliance over government directives.
“We have observed that some restaurants, bars, nightclubs and eateries are not registered with the Ministry; and they do not remit revenue to the state.
“Before now, we announced the registration several times at different media stations and even conducted a workshop/training at the three senatorial zones of the state, but only a few complied.
“Right now, we want to tell them that the government is serious about the registration, in order to maintain sanity, tranquility and peace.
“Now that Christmas celebrations are around the corner, we want to ensure that wherever foods are prepared for sale to the public to purchase will be neat and tidy; they are also to remit revenue to the government,’’ he said.
The commissioner, then, directed them to comply with Government regulations.
The Acting Director of Hotel and Hospitality, Mrs Stella Anah maintained that the exercise was aimed at creating strong awareness in those yet to comply, to do so immediately.
“The registration form is available free of charge but some operators appear reluctant to register with the Ministry.
“Now that government has sealed off some facilities, I believe those yet to comply will do the needful.’’ (MOI)