Lagos to boost the economy through tourism

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos state government has reassured its citizens and prospective tourists that the state’s vibrant tourism would be explored to better the economy and provide other infrastructural renewal across the state.

The state Commissioner for Tourism Art and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde gave the hint while receiving the Trinidad and Tobago’s delegation who were on a courtesy visit at his office in Alausa, Ikeja.

The team of dancers are in Nigeria for a special appearance at the annual Wazobia Carnival slated for the 3rd and 4th of February at Muri Okunola Park Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria.

The Commissioner explained that the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has keyed into promoting Tourism to develop the economy, stressing that the Wazobia Carnival is coming to augment the existing Tourism activities lined up for the year.

“You are coming at a time that the city is agog with series of tourism events.

If you can stay back you will witness Lagos City Marathon which will be coming up on the 10th of February.

“Lagos is a city that allows talents to thrive. Lagos is about culture and one thing that distinguished Lagos  from other is its vitality and relentless in Art, Entertainment, Comedy, Popular culture, motion pictures among others and that is why Lagosians are called happiest people on earth,” Commissioner said.

 

The commissioner who enlightened his visitors on the divisions of the state and its inherent tourism strengths noted that the state would soon unveil a Tourism Master Plan for the state.

The Chief Executive Officer of Wazobia FM, Mr. Serge Noujim expressed delight to  have the support of Lagos state government in championing the course of promoting Tourism potential in the state through the carnival.

According to him “We are here to talk about Carnival and Tourism because entertainment business in Nigeria has gone beyond the borders of Nigeria. If you visit neighbouring countries, as you drive through, you will listen to Nigerian music.

We are happy that this is coming here because the carnival is designed to promote Unity among other countries and the incorporation of Trinidad and Tobago in this year’s event will allow us to establish the difference and similarities between Niegria and Trinidad and Tobago”.

The head of the Trinidad and Tobago’s delegation, X Original Soca Dance Team, Kyle Lequay said that the team is in  Nigeria to play their part in the learning and sharing cultural values between the Africa and Carrebian.

Over 5000 people from all walks of life are expected to converge for the two – day carnival which will feature performances from some of Nigeria’s  biggest artistes, include – Ice Prince, Phyno, Kiss Daniel and Falz and the Soca dance moves from Trinidad and Tobago.

 

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