The Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, Hon (Chief) Peter Okagbare Uviejitobor, who is the Minority Whip of the House and representative of Udu Constituency of the State, said that the Delta State House of Assembly has received the bill for a law to make provisions for regulation of the operations of hotels and restaurants that will standardize their operations, adding that it will boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the state.
The chairman made this disclosure during a public hearing for a bill to regulate the operations of hotels and restaurants recently at the press centre of the Delta State House of Assembly Complex in Asaba.
Okagbare, who also informed stakeholders that participated in the public hearing that the bill has scaled through second reading and committed to the House Committee on Culture and Tourism for scrutiny, added that the public hearing was a valuable opportunity for stakeholders to bring their wealth of intellectual input in the course of successfully delivering the task given to them as lawmakers.
During the public hearing, stakeholders commended the effort of the lawmakers, especially the sponsor of the bill, Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, member representing Ethiope West Constituency of the State, and agreed that there is need to fine-tune and restructure the bill in order not to be at variance with the Delta State Tourism Board laws, adding that the State Government should be encouraged to systematically avoid double taxation in the operations of hotels and restaurants.
Among stakeholders in the public hearing were the Honourable Commissioner, Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Barr. Ernest Ogwezzy, Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria Delta State Council, members of Radio, Television Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), Delta State Council, representatives of hoteliers, investors in the hotel industries and members of the public.
Other members of the committee present at the hearing were: Hon. Daniel Yingi (Burutu I) Vice Chairman, Hon. (Barr.) Denis Omovie (Warri South II), Hon. (Chief) Sheriff .O. Oborevwori (Okpe), Mr. Ukah Anthony, Secretary and Mrs. Onipede Alero, Asst. Secretary.