Lagos To Establish University For Tourism
-Warns illegal hotel operators
In its effort to consolidate and sustained its gains in the areas of cultural and tourism development of the state, the government of Lagos State is set to establish a University for Tourism.
Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, acting Commissioner for Tourism/Special Adviser for Arts & Culture, Lagos State, made this revelation on Monday, April 26, 2017, at the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
The establishment of the University is part of the government’s agenda in fully implementing and sustaining one of its cardinal project, T.H.E.S.E (Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports) which was conceived to generate economic returns to the State by efficiently organize arts, culture and tourism.
“Tourism University is being planned to train people who would manned the infrastructures being put in place across the State” ,Akinsola stated.
Speaking on efforts to change the aesthetics of the State with special focus on tourism, she said projects are currently ongoing in some areas in the state including Ojuelegba and Ikeja, while also revealing that plans to beautify bridges across the state and prevent criminals from making them abodes, are also in the pipeline.
Akinsola added that the State Government has intensified efforts on tourism mapping of the State and assured Lagosians that tourism centres across the state would be compiled into a booklet before the next ministerial briefing.
She restated plans by the state government to construct six theatres in the five divisions of the state and Mainland,as well as museum.
“The Presidential Lodge in Marina, Onikan, recently given to the State Government by the Federal Government ,would be converted to Leadership Heritage Centre, while the Lagos House at Marina would be converted to Yoruba History Museum, as well as Welcome Centre and Multi-storey Car Park”, she stated.
“This axis will be connected to the National Museum, the new JK Randle Arcade Complex and the Freedom Park on Broad Street by a magnificent sky walk and when completed, these projects will transform the economy and boost tourism in the State,” Akinsola said.
Akinsola said that in the last one year, the State Government installed new and renovated existing historical monuments such as the Tinubu Square Fountain, King Ado’s Statue (The First Crown King of Lagos), Prince Olofin Atekoye’s Statue, Ma’ami Statue, Ojuloge Statue, New Moshood Abiola Statue, and New Gani Fawehinmi Statue.
She also revealed that work had reached various completion stages on Badagry Heritage Museum, Slave Route to ‘Point Of No Return’ at Gberefu Island, Attenuation Wall at Gberefu Island, Ark of ‘Point Of No Return’ at Gberefu Island, Block of Toilets at Slave Port, Exclusive Bar at Slave Port, Mini Theatre and Performance State at Slave Port.
Others are Tourist Information Centre in Badagry, Renovation of Restoration of former District Officer’s residence at Marina Street, Vlekete Slave Market Museum, Baracoon at Slave Market, restoration and preservation of Toyimi Well and shoreline reclamation and protection at Marina, among others.
On hotels, Hon. Akinsola enjoined managers who have not registered with the government to do so within the next few days, while also commending those that had voluntarily registered.
“I want to tell you that all the hotels that have registered with us, we are monitoring them. And for those hotels that have not registered with us and have not taken steps to register, after today, just come to our Ministry, ask questions and let us put you on our register.
“Let us come and inspect your establishment, let us grade you and then you continue to do what is expected of you by the law. If you have not done that, the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture will be after you. We have begun to close all these illegal establishments.”
Honourable Akinsola also listed her ministry’s achievements in the last one year to include:
Official launch of the ‘One Lagos’ logo, The Lagos Street Party, One Lagos Fiesta, Commencement of the 50th anniversary of the creation of Lagos State, hosting of World Tourism Day at Eko Atlantic City, Invitation and successful participation of the state at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), successful hosting of COPA Beach Soccer and AFRIMA, Stakeholders Engagement, Tourism Summit and Arts and Culture Stakeholders Meeting.
Besides, she said in the last one year, the Film and Video Censors Board of the State Government carried out enforcement in some parts of the State including Ikorodu and Ijora where pirated and unclassified local and international movies and duplicating machines worth N10million were destroyed.
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