Lagos State Government has said that it will make the state a major tourism destination in Africa.
The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, disclosed this when she presented the stewardship report of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration to a ministerial meeting in Alausa, Lagos.
The Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, in a statement on Twitter, quoted the commissioner as saying,
“The series of activities of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the present administration is deliberately structured towards positioning Lagos State as a major tourism destination in Africa, where the private sector can confidently invest their resources to advance the state’s tourism and entertainment sector.”
She said the tourism master plan, which will revolutionize the state’s tourism sector, would be presented next month, and that this plan would ensure uniformity in the administration’s programmes, plans, and policies for tourism development.
She said, “We have maintained a better relationship with our stakeholders, developing policies that would guide tourism activities and also implemented programmes and projects as they relate to the fulfilment of the fifth pillar of the THEMES agenda of the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which is entertainment and tourism.
“We have equally identified the business side of entertainment and tourism. Beyond using tourism and entertainment as a vehicle for fun, relaxation and social integration, entertainment and tourism remain a major source of income generation for different countries and cities of the world and we will also leverage this aspect to boost the state’s IGR.
“We believe in creating an enduring atmosphere for tourism activities to thrive, being a majorly private-sector driven sector. It is our belief that when businesses operate under the right atmosphere, the economic activities of the State would increase and the resources at the disposal of government would also be impacted greatly.”
Moreover, the commissioner stated that new tourist destinations were found in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, and Alimosho in the state.
She explained that the new tourism sites would be developed in line with international standards to attract international tourists and to boost tourism in Lagos State.
A Lagos Film City planned for Ejirin in the Epe Local Government Area of the State, she said, could provide better filming experiences for filmmakers.
The commissioner urged practitioners in the film and movie industry to leverage on the Film City initiative to carve a solid niche for themselves and take possible advantage of the proposed facility to improve their content and production by the time it becomes a reality.