The Lagos State Government has unveiled a detailed master plan that would engender an all-round development of the State tourism sector for the next ten years.
The document which covers all the sectors as it relates to the tourism and entertainment industry was recently unveiled by the Commissioner for Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharmacist, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf at Alausa where the documents was presented to the representatives of the industry’s professionals for their inputs.
She explained that the involvement of the stakeholders in the state government’s tourism master plan was a testimonial to the government of inclusion being championed by the present administration in the State, revealing that document provides for a unified and enabling framework for promoting, tracking, and improving tourism in the state
She averred that more than ever before, the present state of tourism businesses globally provides an opportunity for the state government to develop and make tourism more inviting and attractive to its local tourists.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Babatunde Olaide-Mesewaku gave the assurance that the policy document will surely put Lagos in a good stead to building a thriving and prosperous tourism destination in Africa.
“This, as a matter of fact, has become compulsory, as States in the Federation must be innovative in exploring and exploiting every source of revenue at its disposal considering the drastic lull in the international oil market and the fatal economic consequences for mono-economic nations like Nigeria,” the Permanent Secretary emphasized.
Olaide-Mesewaku, however, pleaded with the tourism stakeholders to carefully examine the content of the document and make necessary observations with a view to advising the government appropriately while also taking ownership of the Tourism Master Plan.
At the presentation of the tourism document were; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Solomon Bonu, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Babatunde Olaide-Mesewaku, the Senior Special Assistant on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Tunji Saymour, the Director of Tourism Promotion, Mrs. Adanma Oni, the President of Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FTAN Lagos State Chapter, Mr. Gbenga Sunmonu who led other stakeholders at the presentation ceremony and some other Directors from the Ministry.