Bill for a law to license hotels and tourism establishments in Akwa Ibom State passed into law

A bill for a law to provide for the classification, registration and licensing of hotels and tourism establishments in Akwa Ibom State has been passed into law by the State House of Assembly.

The bill seeks to among other things, ensure greater control and regulation of the hospitality and tourism business through the licensing of operators of hospitality and tourism related establishments in the state.

The bill sponsored by the member representing Mbo State constituency, Samuel Ufuo was passed by the lawmakers after scaling third reading on the floor of the House.

While passing the bill, the House observed that the hospitality business and tourism have become important sectors that impacts tremendously on the socio-economic development of any society, and that they have the twin benefits of boosting income generation and job creation. The bill which is passed by the legislature has harmonized the existing tourism board law with the instant law.

Reacting, the Speaker of the House, Onofiok Luke said the passage of the bill was in line with the legislative reforms set out by the 6th Assembly. He observed that the tourism sector remains a major driver of development, and hailed the lead sponsor of the bill and the entire members of the House for being committed to their legislative responsibilities.

Speaking with Assembly Correspondents in his office shortly after the day’s plenary, the sponsor, Samuel Ufuo who expressed delight that the first bill he has sponsored as member of the House of Assembly in his first term has scaled through legislative scrutiny and has been passed by the House.

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