The Ekiti State government has announced the ban of a three-day kissing marathon set to commence in on Friday, with the aim of breaking a Guinness World Record.
A group, Sugartee released a promotional advert and disclosed that on 7th of July, they will be embarking on the longest kissing session in a popular amusement park in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The state Ministry of Arts and Culture, on July 5, condemned the scheduled event and warned all Hoteliers in the state not to allow their premises to be used for such marathon exercise.
In a letter signed by the Director of Tourism Adebanji Adelusi on behalf of the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dele Ogunsemoyin, the state government warned that heavy sanctions will be placed on any hotel found to permit such an exercise in their facility.
According to the tourism ministry, the planned event tagged ‘Kiss-a-thon ‘ was capable of denigrating the image of the state.
The statement reads; ‘’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.”