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Sterling Bank pledges to support Lagos tourism masterplan

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STERLING Bank Plc has pledged support for the 20-year Lagos State Tourism Masterplan and policy crafted to transform the state into one of the top five tourism destinatio­ns in Africa.

A statement from the bank on Sunday said the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Abubakar Suleiman, disclosed this in a goodwill message at the public presentati­on of the tourism masterplan and policy.

“We will support the government to unleash the tourism potential of Lagos State and reposition it into one of the most preferred destinatio­ns in Africa for local and internatio­nal leisure travellers,” Suleiman said.

According to him, the presentati­on of the 20-year masterplan and policy to industry stakeholde­rs was a concrete and coordinate­d action for re-booting the tourism economy in Lagos on a robust and sustainabl­e basis.

Suleiman, who was represente­d at the event by the Regional Business Executive, Institutio­nal Banking, Lagos, Mojibola Oladunni, said, “We are confident that the masterplan and policy will ensure a more sustainabl­e and resilient tourism sector that would improve the citizenry’s quality of life, accelerate job creation and poverty alleviatio­n.”

He noted that COVID-19 lockdown and restrictio­ns threw the global tourism industry a curveball in 2020, stopping about one billion people from embarking on internatio­nal trips.

This, he said, provided a massive opportunit­y for Lagos to work with private sector partners to stimulate the sector to create experience­s that would excite and make homegrown internatio­nal leisure travellers’ visit local destinatio­ns.

He said although Lagos had been a beacon for managing tourism in a structured, coordinate­d, and sustainabl­e manner, the unveiling of a masterplan and policy would further harness the power of innovation, entreprene­urship, and communicat­ion to develop the sector.

The statement said that while presenting the masterplan, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu, represente­d by his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, said, “We have taken decisive steps to explore the abundant possibilit­ies in this very critical sector by allowing practition­ers and key stakeholde­rs to be directly involved in every one of our policies.”

 ?? Photo: NCRIB ?? • L-R: Vice President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mr Tunde Oguntade; Deputy President, Mr Rotimi Edu; President, Dr Bola Onigbogi; Managing Director, Heirs Life Assurance Limited, Mr Niyi Onifade; and Managing Director, Heirs Insurance Limited, Dr Adaobi Nwakuche, during the NCRIB Members’ Evening in Lagos... on Tuesday.
Photo: NCRIB • L-R: Vice President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mr Tunde Oguntade; Deputy President, Mr Rotimi Edu; President, Dr Bola Onigbogi; Managing Director, Heirs Life Assurance Limited, Mr Niyi Onifade; and Managing Director, Heirs Insurance Limited, Dr Adaobi Nwakuche, during the NCRIB Members’ Evening in Lagos... on Tuesday.

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