Hotelier Seek Diversification of Economy


John Iwori

A hotelier, Chief Sunny Arusuraire has called for the diversification of the Nigerian economy just as he drummed support for the speedy implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration policies and programmes.

Arusuraire, who stated this in a chat with journalists, argued that the diversification would yield enormous benefits for  the country and the citizenry. The hotelier, who is also the Chairman of AIA International Limited, managers of Command Guest House (CGH) Kaduna, Kaduna State, said there was need for Nigerians to rally round Buhari for the task ahead.

Speaking on the state of CGH, Arusuraire stated that since his firm took over the management of the guest house, its fortunes have improved.

According to him, as soon as his company took over the management of the guest house, it sourced and made huge financial investment to turn it around for excellence. He said he utilised its vast expertise in hospitality industry to reposition it for improved performance.

He enumerated the services rendered by the firm, which include presidential, diplomatic, villa, royal suites and standard rooms; 24 hours security surveillance and armed personnel on duty; wireless internet  facility; swimming pools/ tennis court; well- equipped and spacious banquet hall.

Others are conference rooms; state of the art fitness centre decorated with modern Gym equipment, massage and aerobic classics, 24 hours power supply; regular car hire services; barbeque and shawama; restaurant for local and international dishes; bar; garden bar; night club; and live band.
According to him, the lost glory of the guest house has been restored and it is now a befitting home away from the home of all its esteemed guests.

“Life is back to the place and it is once more booming with activities. The guest house is now providing employment opportunities for Nigerians and it provides suitable accommodation for investors visiting Kaduna and its environs for business and other related activities,” he said.
Arusuraire added CGH is equally generating revenue for the government in terms of taxes and dividends for their owners and managers.

He called on entrepreneurs and investors  to look in-wards and replicate the command guest house example by taking over the management of ailing industries and business concerns and by so doing complementing the efforts of government in economic diversification
He argued that this was very important as the oil economy has collapsed not only in Nigeria but globally due to gross decline in oil revenue.

“President Buhari has been emphasising the diversification of Nigeria Economy to delist the country from the group of countries grossly affected by the collapse of oil economy. The diversification means that managers, entrepreneurs, investors and business oriented men and women should bring out their creative abilities and talents and mainstream them into versatile and new productive ventures,” he added.