Travel agencies seek pas­sage of NANTA Act

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Ojoma Akor

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) has called for the pas­sage of the NANTA Act into law.

Na­tional pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Al­haji Aminu Agoha, made the call at the 38th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the as­so­ci­a­tion in Abuja.

He said the fo­cal point of the Act was to give a le­gal back­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion, op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge ob­nox­ious rules from air­lines, and make them safe and se­cure whether they are deal­ing with pas­sen­gers, govern­ment or air­lines.

“As it is now, it is a free for all mar­ket, they bring all types of rules in terms of com­mis­sion regimes, among oth­ers, but with the Act we will stream­line ev­ery­thing such that any air­line that goes con­trary to the law will have some sanc­tions spelled out,” he said.

Agoha urged Nige­ri­ans to know more about the var­i­ous tourist sites in the coun­try , be­fore mar­ket­ing them to for­eign­ers, adding that sev­eral Nige­ri­ans from the north­ern part of the coun­try, for in­stance, do not know about tourist sites in the south­ern part and vice versa.

Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal while com­mend­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion to the econ­omy, promised to work to­wards the speedy pas­sage of the NANTA ACT once it is pre­sented in the House.

Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of NANTA and Chair­man, An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee, Ngozi Ngoka, ad­vised mem­bers of the pub­lic to deal with only NANTA mem­bers, say­ing they are recog­nised as the real travel agents and reg­is­tered with the Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA).

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