Lagos State Government has described Friday’s unanimous judgment by the Supreme Court which declared that only a State House of Assembly can make laws on tourism, as a vindication of the principle of federalism.
Addressing the media in Lagos on the landmark judgement, State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye and his Tourism and Inter- Governmental Relations counterpart, Mr. Disun Holloway, said the judgment validated the position of the Lagos State Government.
Lagos government had always maintained that the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, law could have only been made in the military era.
Mr. Ipaye said the ruling by the Supreme Court was an opportunity for Lagos State to take full charge of tourism and unfold its plans without any form of encumbrances by the Federal Government.
“This landmark judgment not only upholds the tenets of federalism, it sets the scene for the eradication of multiple taxation and regulation, thereby enabling states to take charge and properly plan for the hospitality industry in their respective territories,” he stated.
He explained that the full panel of the Supreme Court unanimously declared that it was only a State House of Assembly that could make laws on tourism as regards the licensing and grading of hotels, restaurants, fast foods outlets and other hospitality establishments.