The Lagos State government under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reiterated its commitment towards deepening Community Based Tourism, hence, making visitors experience the best the sector has to offer.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, during a stakeholders’ workshop with the theme: “Importance and Benefits of CBT”, held recently in Alausa, Ikeja, adding that the present administration is keen about making visitors experience the best the sector has to offer.
Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf while addressing the stakeholders in the tourism sector on the expectations of the administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu in the area of Community-Based Tourism as stated in the State’s Tourism Master Plan, hence the need for the sensitization to build the sector.
“Community-Based Tourism is part of what was presented in our master plan last year and we are deliberate about this because unless we look inwards and harness all the potentials around tourism within our local areas, we will not attain much. This is the reason we got the approval of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to launch CBT in six Local Government Areas of the State”.
“We have established CBT in all the divisions of the State such as Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos Island and Eti-Osa to enlighten the stakeholders, tourism officers, the communities and members of the Local Government Service Commission so they can share in our vision and understand what we seek to achieve, which is to give Lagosians the best of tourism”. The Commissioner stated.
In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, urged participants at the workshop to promote traditional culture and heritage, stressing that it would boost the tourism sector.
“Every one of us here should become advocates for Lagos State tourism. To this end, we need to develop local contents that will promote the sector as laid down in our master plan through preservation of our culture, showcasing our heritage and promoting our traditions through films, festivals and entertainment. We should stop emphasizing the negatives about ourselves and present the positive”. She noted.