Lagos State government has issued an official statement on the viral reports of a possible racist Chinese restaurant in Ikeja, engaged in racial discrimination against potential Nigerian customers.
According to the statement signed by Steve Ayorinde, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, ‘our officers were sent to investigate the veracity of the claim. The two officers who went there on Monday did so incognito and found the allegations to be false’,
The statement continues to say;
The officers were served without any questions or discrimination. They also took photographs without being noticed. Our officers also observed that the restaurant had a number of Nigerians working inside there and did similarly observe that peppersoup, a Nigerian delicacy is also on the menu.
More, importantly, the restaurant has been registered with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture since 2016 as required by law.
As the regulators of eateries, restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality facilities in Lagos State, the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Tourism will further investigate this claim, beyond what our findings on Monday revealed and will be vigilant about the activities of this restaurant and its subsidiary.