The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules, Order & Administration, ranking Lofa County Senator George Tamba Tengbeh, has submitted to Senate plenary for enactment into law a Bill calling for the detachment of the Bureau of Tourism from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT).
Senator Tengbeh in his July 17, 2017 communication noted that the Bill, titled: “An Act to amend Chapter 3 of the New Executive Law creating the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism,” needs to be given consideration to ensure that the Tourism sector becomes an autonomous agency.
“The essence of the aforementioned Bill is to make the Bureau of Tourism which has been very dormant over the years, an autonomous agency to enable the bureau become active and a reliable source of income generation in support of our shrinking economy,” the Lofa lawmaker asserted.
When enacted into law Senator Tengbeh, who hails from the culture rich county, noted it will serve as an impetus to create additional job opportunities, “thus creating economic empowerment of our people.”
Senator Tengbeh told the Daily Observer Liberia is culturally rich and has some of the Continent’s most attractive tourist sites, but lamented that those areas remain virgin due to the lack of interest by MICAT to tap them.
“For example, we have Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount, Kpatawe Water Fall in Bong, the Sinoe National Park and the breathtaking coastal line of the Southeast, all waiting for a viable Tourism Bureau to encourage investors to venture into them,” the Senator said.
Senator Tengbeh’s communication comes a month after the Senate passed an investment incentive agreement between the Liberia Government and Musons Group, Incorporated, for the construction of a five star Hotel and Resort in Marshall, Margibi County, at the cost of US$71.6 million.
The President and CEO of the 100 percent Liberian owned Hotel & Resort Joe Gene Mulbah, told the Daily Observer that when completed, his facility among hundreds of attractions will offer helicopter tours of designated tourism sites within Liberia, fishing expeditions, among others.
Meanwhile, the Bill has been sent to the Committee on Information, Broadcasting, Culture & Tourism, chaired by Sinoe County Senator J. Milton Teahjay.