Our Achievements In Tourism In One Year – Ayorinde
The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Steve Ayorinde said on Monday that the State government’s support for a broadband of arts and culture events in the State, such as the hosting of the annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMMA) in July 2017 is a reference point in entertainment and creativity industries.
He said that the government’s provision of institutional support for the successful hosting of the maiden edition of the Nigeria Beer Festival at Eko Atlantic in Victoria Island, according to him, further strengthens the desire of the State to encourage tourism-driven initiatives and promote Lagos as a top destination that offers a variety of content to visitors.
The one-week event attracted a large turnout of the diplomatic community in Lagos State and neighbouring West Africa and paraded the potential of the social and cultural values of the State and the country at large to the world amidst music and entertainment.
The Commissioner revealed that the Ministry’s participation at the 41st World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda and the 13th edition of the Akwaaba (African Travel Market) in Lagos also highlights the effort of the State government to use global platforms to draw attention to Lagos tourism potentials.
He said: “after an impressive showing at the 2017 Nothinghill Carnival in London where the grand entry of Eko Politan offered the State a global platform to showcase Lagos’ cultural potentials, cuisines and abundant diversity, the State joined the rest of the world in September to celebrate the 2017 World Tourism Day in the State of Qatar in Doha”.
Similarly, the staging of the Lagos Street Carnival and One Lagos Fiesta gives credence to the fact that government supports the advancement of the tourist activities that have made the State become a preferred destination for events that usher in crossover celebrations into the new-year in Africa.
Ayorinde disclosed that the upgraded Badagry Heritage Museum that houses abundant slave relics and historical narrative on transatlantic slave trade is now supported with a new multi-purpose hall, children arena, upgraded exhibition stands, conveniences and a security post, serving as a major attraction to visitors especially blacks in diaspora in search of their ancestral root.
Speaking on the Ford Foundation grant for the Lagos Museum Project, the Commissioner submitted that the $600,000 grant is expected to aid the architectural design of the ongoing project at the new Eko Court, Marina, affirming the readiness of the Ford Foundation to join the State government on a global roadshow to generate additional funding for the project.
In addition, the Eko Theatre Project that will provide six theatres across the State is very much alive as four of the theatres located at Ikeja, Badagry, Igando and Epe are about 70% complete while work is expected to commence at Ikorodu and Lagos Mainland locations soon.