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The Ondo state government has said it would henceforth begin a clamp down on hoteliers in the hospitality business in the state who are not making provisions for condoms for customers in their hotel rooms. The Chairman Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ODSACA), Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, disclosed this during a ‘condom use and safer sex sensitization’ exercise to hotels in Akure, the state capital earlier this month.

During the sensitization exercise, no fewer than eight hundred thousand residents living in Ondo state were screened and tested for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a retrovirus which causes AIDS. Adelola said the exercise was part of activities to commemorate the 2015 World AIDS Day marked every December 1 and express the government resolve to enforce the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) laws in the state.

He explained that the law relating to the retrovirus in the state empowers the agency to enforce HIV related laws by making it a severe offence for hoteliers not to put condom packs in their room. “The law relating to HIV in the state empowers ODSACA to enforce HIV related laws, as such, it is a severe offence for hoteliers not to put condom packs in their rooms in order to promote safer sex, reduce the spread of the virus; the agency will not hesitate to prosecute defaulters.” Adelola said. ‎

“A manager or proprietor of an Hospitality industry, who neglect or refuses to provide condoms or protection rubber device in the rooms or at reception or front desk in his hospitality industry commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to 1 month imprisonment or a fine of N50,000 or both.”

Source: Daily Times

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