Duke seeks review of outmoded laws establishing NTDC, others

Posted: May 29, 2013 in travel & tourism

ftanMinister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, has muted plans to review the laws setting up the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and others relevant agencies to meet present day realities in the tourism sector.

According to Duke, most of the laws which were promulgated during the military era specifically decree 81 of 1992 that empowers the NTDC, are no longer in tandem with contemporary developments.

The minister made the disclosure during at the just-concluded 2-day tourism forum in Abuja organized by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) with the theme; Nigeria Tourism Investor’s Forum and Exhibitions which was held from May 21 to 22 at the Ladi Kwali Hall of the Sheraton Hotels and towers, Abuja.

Duke observed that the move was necessitated by the present running battle between the NTDC and hotels on the issue of registration admonishing that it was best to settle out of court in the interest of all stakeholders and the tourism industry at large.

While reading the speech on behalf of the Minister who had to attend to other pressing issues, the newly-appointed Director General of NTDC, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo explained that tourism is essentially a service industry created to satisfy needs.

Thanking FTAN and FCTA for the initiative, Mrs. Mbanefo noted that investing into the tourism sector will increase, “Generation of foreign exchange through financial returns on investment, Taxation of tourists and tourist products, preservation of the environment, historical archaeological and religious monuments”.

Speaking further, the new NTDC chief maintained that the move will also ensure poverty eradication and elimination of social vices while engendering the stimulation of cultural practices, folklore traditions, arts and crafts, cuisines and direct employment in tourism activities.

Mrs. Sally Mbanefo was upbeat that investing into the tourism sector will also go a long way in empowering the poor in diverse ramifications.  Reechoing the Minister’s position, Mrs. Mbanefo noted that due to the importance the Federal Government attached to the tourism industry, several strategies were adopted and they include Infrastructure, commission of Land, fiscal and other incentives.

The 2-day event which also featured exhibitions was attended by several Directors-General in the tourism ministry, captains of industry, major players and associations in the hospitality industry and a host of others.

  1. Andy O. Ehanire says:

    The statement credited to the Minister is too scanty and feeble to educate stakeholders on any serious tourism policy thrust. While awaiting the communique from this forum, my long perspective is to demand verifiable and measurable Pilot Schemes for real tourism development, not empty statements or cosmetic actions and the all too favoured foreign jamborees.
    As an aside, I think Duke sold Bayelsa Gov a dummy in the recent opening of a purposeless office abroad when the State tourism department is wearing baby nappies.
    Congrats to FTAN for another ceremonial forum.

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