Leaders in various areas of life joined the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday to chart a new course for tourism in the state.
It was at the first Lagos State Tourism Summit held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, where dignitaries that included the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; a former President of Ghana, Mr. John Mahama; Managing Director of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe; and Managing Director, Bank of Industries, Mr. Kayode Pitan spoke on maximising tourism potential in the state.
According to the governor, the summit further demonstrates the government’s commitment to finding alternative platforms that can enrich Lagos and propel its prosperity continuously.
He said, “We are very proud of our culture and heritage. It has become very clear and evident that there is no other concentration of the black race that is larger than Nigeria, and most especially Lagos, that can tell the story of the black race.
“The Lagos Tourism Masterplan, which is the ultimate end product of this summit, is premised on the context of this analogy. As a government, we are conscious of the fact that infrastructure, security, stability and partnership with all stakeholders are fundamental ingredients for tourism development.”
Mohammed and Mahama commended the governor for the steps the administration has taken on the development of the sector. Both agreed that the state has a peculiar aquatic splendour and potential that can translate into huge tourism gains.
Others who addressed different aspects of the subject include Prof. Ibukunoluwa Ayodele, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prince Yemisi Shyllon, Mr. Folorunso Folarin-Coker, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Mr. Koye Edu, Mr. Phillip Hughes and Mrs.Omotayo Omotoso.
In his opening address, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said Lagos was responding to the fact that the dynamics of progress and development were changing and strategies were being redrawn, forcing smart states and countries to be proactive and seek productive alternatives.
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