The Imo State government has warned that any hotel not approved or registered right from its foundation by the government would be pull down.
The state governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, gave the warning while receiving award of honour given to him by the state correspondents chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the Government House, Owerri, on Monday.
According to him, the Ministry of Transport and Tourism, through the commissioner, Mr Iheukwumere Alaribe, had been directed to work in conjunction with the Ministry of Land and Survey to fish out those hotels. Chief Okorocha explained that only the hotels that were registered by the land and survey right from the beginning would escaped the policy of government.
The Imo State governor pointed out that the government would not fold its hands and watch people start converting their residential houses to hotels, all in an attempt to make money out of it. According to him, they were doing this because people have discovered that hotels were lucrative business one could easily survive in Imo State.
In view of the foregoing, people who have converted their residential houses to hotels should be prepared to face the music, because time is up.
He stated that those with such intention should discard the idea with immediate effect, otherwise, they would equally fall victim. Culled