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Holiday seekers avoid Mambilla

Tourists and holiday seekers from within and outside the country have stayed away from the Mambilla plateau because of insecurity, sources in the area told…

Tourists and holiday seekers from within and outside the country have stayed away from the Mambilla plateau because of insecurity, sources in the area told Daily Trust.

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Findings revealed that the number of tourists and holiday makers visiting the area once regarded as a tourist’s haven has dropped drastically.

Most hotels in Gembu, the headquarters of Sardauna local government which formerly had hundreds of guests on weekends, now face low patronage. 

The manager of Daula Hotel, a popular lodge in Gembu,  Malam  Haruna, said since the crisis began in June last year; the hospitality business in the area started experiencing low patronage.

He said previously most hotels in the town were always booked especially during weekends and public holidays but now the story was different. Similarly business activities have also slowed down as people avoid coming to the area.

Our findings also revealed that a number of business men and wealthy individuals have relocated to Serti in Gashaka local government area as well as Jalingo, the state capital. Some have crossed the border into Cameroun Republic.

A resident of Gembu, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, told Daily Trust that Mambilla Plateau was a dream destination for most Nigerians but because of the crisis, nobody wants to visit the area again.

He challenged stake holders to encourage their people to live in peace with one another otherwise people would avoid the area completely.