The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency and for Connected Purposes.
The Agency is being put in place to promote the state’s tourism industry and achieve international best practices in the delivery of tourism products and services.
The 54-section bill, sponsored by 13 lawmakers, was read for the third time on the floor of the House before passage after a voice vote.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk, Mr Azeez Sanni, to forward a clean copy of the bill to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of the state for assent.
Earlier, the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, moved the motion for the bill to be read for the third time, which was seconded by Mr Yinka Ogundimu (APC-Agege II).
According to the bill, the Agency shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall have the powers to sue and be sued in its corporate name.
The bill among other things would, ‘’ promote, market and develop the state domestically and internationally as a major tourist destination by highlighting its uniqueness and assisting the development of its tourism products and services”.
The Agency is also expected to advise private organisations, state and local government on matters relating to tourism.
Meanwhile, the House commiserated with the people of Epe and the state in general on the demise of Oba Okunola Adesanya, the Alara of Ilara.
Mr Segun Olulade (APC-Epe II) raised the matter of the death of the traditional ruler under matter of public urgent importance, supported by Mr Abiodun Tobun (APC-Epe II)
The duo, who hailed the traditional ruler for his contributions toward the development of the state, urged the House to condole with the family of the late monarch.