24 May 2018

Nigeria: Lagos Assembly Urges Robust Economy Through Tourism

The Lagos State House of Assembly has tasked the state government to explore the state's tourism sector to boost economy.Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said this at a meeting tagged: A Bill For A Law To Provide For The Establishment Of The Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency And For Connected Purposes, organised by the Ad-hoc Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa Ikeja.

Obasa, who noted that tourism in developed countries generates huge revenues for states, said the economic potentials of the sector would be of advantage in achieving the blueprint of the state's tourism sector.

Speaking, Commissioner forTourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, identified the need for the agency's existence, saying this would consolidate the tourism performance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Ayorinde said through the agency's existence, tourism business in the state would have a facelift and would open doors for more opportunities for youths.He explained that there was a calendar for arts and tourism events, stressing that the state had come up with a masterplan for tourism development in the state.

Responding, President, National Association of Travel Agencies (NATA), Bankole Bernard, said there was no need to duplicate the responsibility of the tourism ministry.He said rather than set up an agency for the promotion of tourism, a corporate organisation that would be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) was better off.

Speaking earlier, Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Desmond Elliot, stated that the intention of the proposed law was to market and promote Lagos domestically and internationally, saying tourism had become sophisticated globally.Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has said that the first phase of its embedded power project would begin in July with 1000 megawatts.

Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo, disclosed this at the 2018 ministerial press briefing to mark Ambode's third year anniversary in office.He explained that the plan was to generate 3000 megawatts within the next five years, adding that the ministry was implementing reforms in power, downstream petroleum, gas, solid minerals and regulatory.

"One of the fall outs of the reforms would lead to the ban on firewood, kerosene and charcoal, when liquefied petroleum gas is widespread. "The power reform would ensure distribution of electricity using 132kv, 33 kv and 11kv so that the power generated could stay in Lagos," he stated.

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