A 9- Man Committee has been inaugurated to study and review Nigerian Tourism Development Authority Act of 2022 and the National Institute of Tourism Establishment, Act, recently assented to as tourism laws by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Committee is to be chaired by the President of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA, Mrs Susan Akporiaye.
Other members of the committee are: Mrs Justina Ovat, Professor Wasiu Babalola, Dr Belinda Nwosu, Mr Abiodun Odusanwo, Dr Kabir Ali, Alex Nwuba (Phd), Mr Samson Aturu and Prince Ayo Arokoyo.
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, last week, the President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN, Nkereweum Onung, attributed the inauguration of the committee to the need for the Federation to put together tested industry leaders, technocrats and experts to look at the laws.
The committee is to among other purposes look at how the laws affect the well-being, operations, sustainability and development of tourism and related enterprises in Nigeria.
The committee’s mandate is to also critically study the laws and its benefits, established opportunities created for the private sector, identify areas of growth through collaboration and partnership with government.
The committee is to equally focus on flag areas of conflict between government and private sector in the implementation of the laws, factor the roles of FTAN and other government agencies on the Council and Board of the two focal tourism agencies and; advise the federation on its position, advocacy, policies and infrastructure ecosystem needed to enhance the federation’s role in promoting tourism in Nigeria.
The committee is to submit its reports in three week’s time.