Enugu Assembly okays Tourism Industry Bill

Posted: August 27, 2013 in travel & tourism

nigeriaThe Enugu State House of Assembly last Tuesday passed a bill establishing the state tourism board.

The bill, which was read for the third time, is meant to boost the tourism industry in the state.

Its passage came after the legislators had scrutinized the report of the Joint Committee on Tourism and Judiciary.

The committee had made 10 recommendations, which dealt with deleting unwanted words or sentences in some sections and replaced them with appropriate ones.

The Speaker of the assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, recalled that since the inception of democracy, the tourism boards in the state were operating without a legislative framework.

“One fundamental thing about this bill is that it seeks to fill up the lacuna that existed so far in the tourism industry.

“Over the years or since the inception of democracy in 1999, there have been tourism boards in Enugu State which operated without a law.

“So, what the house has demonstrated today will actually put the state back to where it was supposed to be,” he said.

Odo urged the relevant implementing agencies to ensure that they implemented the law accordingly after its signing.

He said the issue of doing things the old way should stop henceforth, saying that after the bill is assented to by the governor, the tourism industry would heave a sigh of relief.

The speaker also informed the lawmakers that the member representing Aninri Constituency, Mr Abel Chukwu, had been appointed into the Federal Legislative Service Commission.

He congratulated him for the appointment and urged him to remain a good ambassador of the state

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