July 05, (THEWILL) The Ekiti State Government has announced a ban on the planned three-day kissing marathon to set the Guinness World Record in the state.
A group identified as Sugartee released an advert saying it will be embarking on the longest world kissing marathon in a popular amusement park in the state capital on July 7.
Reacting to the development, the State Ministry of Arts and Culture, in a statement released on Wednesday, July 5, banned the scheduled competition and warned all Hoteliers in the state not to allow their premises to be used for such exercise.
The State Government warned that heavy sanctions will be placed on any hotel found to permit such an exercise in their facility, adding that the planned event tagged ‘Kiss-a-thon’ was capable of denigrating the image of the State.
“Kiss-a-thon, as an event, is not only absurd, unhealthy, immoral and capable of denigrating the image of the state, it is a programme that runs counter to the values of the people of the state and therefore, capable of plunging our youths morally backwards.
“In view of the foregoing, the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism hereby prohibits the hosting of such event or any other events like it in any facility that wishes to continue to operate lawfully in Ekiti State.
“To the above, you are hereby requested to convey the content of this notice to the members of Ekiti State Hoteliers’ Association to effectively monitor their outlets against being used negatively to cause embarrassment to the Government and people of Ekiti State,” the statement read.