July 23, 2014

Benue State: New law says hotels should provide condoms or risk closure

Hoteliers in Benue state have been ordered to provide condoms for guests as part of a service or face risk of closure.

Mrs. Comfort Ajene, the state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism issued the warning on Thursday at an AIDS sensitization programme organised by the ministry at the state’s capital city of Makurdi.

The commissioner said that the ministry, together with Benue State AIDS Control Agency will carry out periodic inspections of hotels in the state to enforce the law.

Ajene said the new measure will go a long way towards reducing the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

Mrs Ashi Wende, the Executive Secretary of BENSACA, speaking at the event said many people were reluctant to purchase condoms in spite of the health hazards in unsafe sex, adding that 85 per cent of the HIV transmissions in Africa were through sexual intercourse.

The ministry is set on seeing through the new law, adding that hotels that fail to comply with the new law might see their licenses revoked.

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