Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, Lagos State Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Art and Culture, said on Monday in Badagry that the state government was determined to transform the ancient town into the tourism hub of Africa.
Akinsola spoke with reporters after an on-the-spot assessment of some ongoing tourist projects in Badagry.
Among the Tourist Sites visited by the Acting Commissioner were the Badagry Heritage Museum, the Marina shoreline, the slave market and the Gberefu Island, otherwise known as the `Point-of-no-Return’.
Akinsola explained that the purpose of the inspection was to enable the state government to be able to evaluate the progress of work on the projects.
“The Lagos State Government is determined to transform Badagry into the tourism hub of Africa and we are committed to the ongoing projects in the ancient city.
“The purpose of the inspection is to get first-hand information on the various sites and to see how the ongoing facelift of the projects are going.
“At the Heritage Museum, a lot of progress is being recorded and with the pace at which the workers are going, I’m sure that the project would be finished ahead of schedule.
“Also at the Marina shoreline, work is ongoing and I am sure we will get the desired effects of the project, so we are glad at the way things are turning out.
“The Lagos State Government is determined to transform Badagry into a mega city and with the completion of the various projects, the ancient town will be opened up to the world,” she said.
The commissioner, therefore, urged residents of Badagry to always pay their taxes to the state government.
“If taxes are paid regularly, the state government would be enabled to continue to improve the welfare of the people. So, people should always ensure that their taxes are paid as and when due,” she added.