This year’s World Tourism Day will be celebrated by the Lagos State Government on
Sunday through a zoom event that will be live streamed on Facebook for state residents.
On Thursday, the Commissioner for Tourism , Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, told newsmen that
a smaller number would join dignitaries at the physical event at the Lagos Theatre, Oregun, Ikeja.
She urged residents of Lagos to link up with the registration code: 84626867501
and password: 313855 on the zoom platform, promising a robust and interesting session.
“The Lagos State Government is set to be involved in the celebration of this year’s World Tourism Day, which has always been a custom for us in the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
“By this Sunday, starting from noon, the ministry will hold a hybrid intense, brainstorming and very incisive session, as a way of celebrating the WTD 2020.
“I encourage all participants to avail themselves of the opportunity to get entertained and learn more of Lagos culture,” she said.
Akinbile-Yusuf said that the panel will include the ministry ‘s former permanent secretaries and commissioners,
as well as Oba Omobolahan Lawal Abisogun II’s message of goodwill from the Oniru of Iruland.
“We hope that the event would further enhance our road map for the ministry to discover more tourism sites for development, hence, we are involving tourism stakeholders across the state’s five divisions.
“This year’s celebration is very unique and peculiar in the history of the entire world, coming at a time when tourism activities is suffering a serious setback due to the inactivity in the sector, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu reiterated at the last Exco Retreat that the pandemic will not be a reason for non-performance, or an hindrance for the delivery of his Greater Lagos mandate, premised on the THEMES Agenda,” she said.
The commissioner noted that by exploring and encouraging the potential that abounds in the state, the
ministry was working hard to turn Lagos State into a tourism and entertainment hub in Africa.
She said that this transition will encourage a viable forum for the vibrant
entertainment and arts industry to draw tourists and also create jobs in the state.
Akinbile-Yusuf reported that a documentary was developed by the ministry on inventing new destinations such as
the film village, the musical concert arena, medical wellness, and acceptable types of public-private partnership arrangements.
According to the commissioner, by the end of the fourth
quarter of this year, the ministry will also open its website.
“The ministry is developing a Lagos video that will tell the story of Lagos in terms of creativity, artifacts, artworks, hospitality, fashion, food, culture, entertainment, festivals and heritage.
“Collaboration is on with relevant agencies and private sectors, to display the video on all social media, local and international flights, hotels, electronic billboards across the state, television stations among others.
“We are leveraging on our investment in tourism for job and wealth creation, to curb youth restiveness, discover new tourism potential and ultimately contribute significantly to the GDP of the state,” she said.
According to her, the state government is in the process of setting up a
Tourism Growth Trust Fund to support professionals in the sector in times of need.
The commissioner said the ministry
had embarked on constructing the J.K.
The Yoruba Culture and Heritage Randle
Centre and the Glover Memorial Hall.
“ J.K. Randle Centre, when completed, will create avenues for the younger generations to have a place to develop their talents and skills.
“This will serve a multi-functional purpose with rich contents that will be culturally, traditionally and historically beneficial to indigenes of Lagos State and the Yoruba speakers as a whole.
“The Glover Memorial Hall is also another historic edifice that represents one of the rich heritage sites in Lagos State for the revitalisation and stimulation of the entertainment space with a lot of varieties and dynamics,” she said
Earlier, at the World Tourism Day celebration, Mr. Ikechi Uko, Technical Assistant for Lagos State, said that
the initiative would be a hybrid initiative that would set good expectations for other events in the state.
Uko noted that new technical gadgets will be used
to ensure that all residents of Lagos participate entirely.
He congratulated Gov. Sanwo-Olu for having flattened
the COVID-19 curve in the state successfully.