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Only Strong Legal Framework Can Grow Tourism In Nigeria, Says Afe Babalola

By Centus Nweze

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A legal legend and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for the drafting of a robust and strong legal framework for the enhancement of the tourism sector in Nigeria.

Aare Afe Babalola made this call while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti _ State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre and Team Ekiti Tourism Development, in his White Rock Office at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, recently.

Aare Afe Babalola whike commending Dr Kayode Fayemi ‘s tourism vision explained why Nigeria has not been reaping bountifully from tourism.

“We have a country which is overwhelmingly blessed with viable and humongous tourism wonders most in their pristine form.
“We have intelligent, resourceful and vibrant tourism practitioners and stakeholders who are frenetically strengthening themselves out to eke something from the tourism offerings. We have a world that is ready to explore Nigeria.

“But regrettably, we have a set of weak legislation and laws which were crafted when the tourism sector was in an analogue era,” the legal icon said.
He also disclosed that One of the impediments to the phenomenal transition of Nigeria into a viable tourism economy is the lack of a robust and strong legal framework which is the necessary jelly for the lubrication of a vibrant tourism economy and business in Nigeria .

He called on the public and private sectors tourism practitioners in Nigeria to synergize efforts at ensuring the enactment of a purposeful and vision-driven legal framework pointing out that the tourism sector is at present an unregulated and uncoordinated sector that revels in archaic and obsolete legal contents which bear no relevance of appropriateness in the face of contemporary developments.

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