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The Innkeepers Bill 2016, sponsored by the member representing ONNA state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Nse Essien and five others had during last week plenary passed through a second reading on the floor of the house.

Speaking on the content of the bill, Hon. Essien explained that the need to be security conscious especially at a time the nation was witnessing series of security issues, gave reason for the bill.

The lawmaker argued that given frightening dimension in which terrorism has risen un-abated, there is need to repeal the Innkeepers and Hotel Proprietors Bill 2000, in order, to give room for a new Law that would ensure that there is adequate security in Hotels, Inn and Tourism locations in the state.

Contributing on the debate, the members for Ibesikpo Asutan, Oron and Ini, Aniekan Uko, Effiong Bassey and Emmanuel Ekpenyong respectively, described the Bill as timely in view of the security situation in the country, and prayed the House to give it accelerated hearing.

They warned that Boko Haram activities in Northern parts of the country and the recent activities of Fulani Herdsmen in the South-East should be a source of concern to the House.

On his part, the Speaker, Onofiok Luke, thanked the lead sponsor of the Bill and his co-sponsors for the initiative.

He referred the Bill to the House relevant committee for further action.

By Ememobong OKON

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