Bill on Hotels and Tourism Licensing Passes Second Reading in AKHA
(AKHA Speaker, Onofiok Luke)
A Bill for a law to establish Hotels and Tourism Licensing and Other Matters connected therewith has passed through the second reading on the floor of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Presenting the Bill on the floor of the House during Tuesday’s plenary, the lead sponsor of the Bill, and Member representing Mbo state constituency, Hon. Samuel Ufuo, said that the Bill which is also co- sponsored by 10 other Members of the house is to make up for the non-existence of some laws as regards Hotels and Tourism businesses in the state.
Speaking in support of the bill, the Member representing Uruan state constituency, Hon. Aniekan Bassey, said that the bill would ensure sanity and decorum in hotel business as well as increase the revenue profile of the state.
He suggested for a general overview of Hotels and Tourism business as well as professionalism to be taken into consideration at the committee level, adding that the business should not be an all-comers affairs.
“The bill will be of immense benefit if passed into law,” Bassey argued.
Also speaking in support of the bill, the Member representing Nsit Atai, Hon. Mark Esset and his Eket counterpart, Hon. David Lawrence, in their separate submissions, said that the Bill is very timely because it would help to boost the internally generated revenue of the state given the dwindling economy situation faced in the state.
They suggested that the bill should be subjected to public hearing, in order, to ensure that it meets the standard of Akwa Ibomites.
They also suggested that issues of securities be looked into as some security personnel who manned some of these hotels are not well-trained.
Speaking against the Bill, the Member for Ibesikpo Asutan, Hon. Aniekan Uko, argued against the bill and submitted that the bill be sent to the committee level for an in-depth analysis and reporting to the general house for final consideration.
The Speaker, Hon. Onofiok Luke, committed the bill to the house committee on industry, commerce and tourism to report back to the house within two weeks.
By Ememobong OKON