Perm. Sec. unveils plans to transform Lagos to tourism hub
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Adewale Ashimi, on Monday said plans had been concluded to transform the state into a tourism destination.
Ashimi spoke at a tourism stakeholders’ summit held at Ikeja, Lagos.
He said that in the next four to five months, some monuments would be erected at strategic locations within the state.
The permanent secretary said that the government had also concluded plans to build five theatres to promote arts and culture.
“The Lagos State Government has also concluded plans to renovate the Badagry heritage museum; the slave market is almost completed.
“There are plans to ensure that the arts and crafts men stay at each tourist site to do their work as a way to further attract the tourists,’’ he said.
Also speaking at the forum, Mrs Chigozie Nwachukwu, a travel agent, urged the state government to get experienced tourism consultants in its bid to transform the state.
“Competent tourism consultants should be involved in transforming the state to a tourist destination,’’ she said.
Mr Ganiyu Balogun, the President, Association of Tourist, Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) also urged the state to acquire speed boats to enable security agents to patrol the waterways.
He said that the boats presently on the waterways were not strong enough to police the waterways.
“We need speed boats on waterways to curb criminal activities,” he said.