The Ekiti State Government has announced a ban on the planned three-day kissing marathon to set the Guinness World Record in the state.

In an advert made around the state and social media, a group identified as Sugartee had scheduled July 7 for the commencement of the longest world kissing marathon in a popular amusement park in Ado, the state capital.

According to information at the disposal of this ministry, kiss-a-thon, a three-day kissing marathon event, has been scheduled to hold on 7th of July, 2023 at one of the hospitality outlets in the state.

“This event is said to be planned towards setting a Guinness World Record.

“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.”

The ministry also asked the association to monitor the activities of its members to avoid causing embarrassment to the state government and the people.

“Sequel 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 ministry added.

The Guinness World record for longest kissing lasted for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.

The competition took place in Thailand in 2013.

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