The Governor of Osun State, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola has charged operators of relaxation centres that they have a responsibility to support government in ensuring the security of lives and property in the State.

Mr Oyetola gave the charge at the Civic Engagement complex in Osogbo while addressing owners of relaxation spots  in the state.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Governor described owners of relaxation joints as critical stakeholders in the Security sector.

He pointed out that relaxation centres provided free access for patriotic citizens and criminally minded ones alike, hence, criminals could easily be harboured in such places without the knowledge of the owners as to the intention of the visitor.

The Governor remarked that it behoved on owners of relaxation outlets to be very vigilant and reports strange movements and suspicious faces to security men without considering patronage and profit.

Mr Oyetola took advantage of the event to advise the people to collect their voter cards and not sell same, while he also noted that the owners of relaxation centres were strategically placed to support INEC in voters education.

The Governor promised government’s support for them to boost their businesses and improve the contribution of the entertainment sector to the state’s economy.

Earlier, the President of the group in Osun State, Alhaji Kudus Olagunju told the Governor that excessive taxation was negatively affecting their businesses, urging the state to harmonise the tax payable by hospitality businesses.

Alhaji Olagunju pledged the association’s support for the Governor in his second term bid.

Another leader of the association, Mrs Rebecca Akinola appealed to the government to support those in the hospitality business with soft loan, as she lamented that they were being subjected to inhuman treatment by private sector lenders who imposed all manners of conditions on the facility given to them.

Adenitan Akinola


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