Am­bode, Mo­hammed, Ma­hama chart course for La­gos tourism

The Punch - - LITERARY - Akeem La­sisi

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.

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