Henceforth all guests wanting to lodge in any hotel within Sokoto State will be required to have a valid identification card, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said on Tuesday.
Tambuwal said this new directive becomes necessary in view of the precarious security situation in the country and the need to bolster same for the protection of lives and property in the state.
The governor, who spoke when his classmates in secondary school paid him a visit at his residence in Sokoto.
He said the new policy, which he said is the standard procedure in all parts of the world, will affect both Nigerians and foreigners. “In other parts of the world, you cannot just go and lodge in any hotel without valid identification.
However, this is not the case in Nigeria. We are introducing this policy as part of our commitment to security of the citizens.
“Sokoto has enjoyed peace, but we will not relent in our efforts, we will continue to do more to support our security agencies.
“If you are a foreigner, you must present your international passport with a valid Nigerian visa. If you are a Nigerian, the hotels will demand one of drivers’ licence, international passport or national identity card,” Tambuwal added.
While urging all citizens of Sokoto State to be security conscious, Tambuwal appealed to the people not to relent in their cooperation with security agencies, adding that responsibility for securing the state lies with everybody.