- This is one of the measures that wants to implement the number 1 of the North region to fight insecurity.
Garoua, one of the cities selected to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, could be closing its hostels in anticipation of this event. L’Œil du Sahel published on October 27, 2017, informs that by recently presiding over the installation ceremony of the members of the local AfCON organizing committee for the North, Governor Jean Abate Edi’i announced his intention to proceed to “closing the inns“.
The reason being that, the capital of the northern region is currently experiencing the rehabilitation of the Benue hotel and the construction of two other hotels of great capacity. Eventually, Garoua will have a capacity of 270 modern rooms that will be added to those already existing. For the number 1 in the region, it will no longer be necessary to be burdened with hostels that are sometimes insecure nests in the region, one reads.
On the operators’ side, while some are pleased with this announced measure, others fear that the governor will not make the difference between wheat and tares. “The governor was not precise about the nature and intentions of his remarks. I subscribe to this approach, if it aims to rid the city of hollow houses that people call hostels by abuse of language … Inn does not necessarily mean unhealthy and insecure … I can not believe that the governor encompasses all that in the same basket, “says Oumarou Daouda, manager of a hotel in Garoua.