UYO — A Bill to establish the State Tourism, Arts and Culture Endowment Fund (AKSTACEF) has been passed into law by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Thursday.
The member representing Itu State Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Industry, Commerce and Tourism Hon KufreAbasi Edidem while presenting the report explained that the new law, when assented to by the state Governor, would boost the funding of the tourism sector as well as improve the revenue accruing to the State.
“The new law will also give Akwa Ibom State a great sense of pride, hope and distinct identity, unites the people, upgrade the tourism status of the State globally and ensure that all tourist centers in Akwa Ibom are properly managed and maintained.”
“The law will assist in preserving and maintaining tourism and historical heritage sites, their facilities, enhance economic growth and create employment for the people of Akwa Ibom State especially the youth,” he said.
Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey, the Speaker who presided over the plenary, after the passage of the bill, directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs. Mandu Umoren to communicate it to the Executive Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his assent.
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