Lagos council seeks investment opportunities to rebuild tourism sector
Ahead of the global commemoration of the United Nations World Tourism Day, which holds every September 27, Epe Local Council in Lagos State has unveiled plans to revolutionise tourism in Epe.
It sought for relevant institutions, bodies and agencies’ support for investment opportunities to enable it rebuild the sector.
Chairperson of the council, Surah Animashaun, gave the charge at the World Tourism Day stakeholders luncheon held in Lagos, saying that Epe seeks to build an inclusive tourism ecosystem, which promotes and enhances the community and livelihood of its people.
Animashaun, who pledged to develop the tourism assets of Epe and promote the area to attract local and foreign tourists, said that there was an ongoing development between the council, state government and private investors to explore and harness touristic attractions and increase local and international trade through cultural exchanges in Epe Division.
According to her, some of the activities planned for the day include cultural dance, exhibition of community cultures, as well as display of locally-made fabrics and souvenirs.
Also, the state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Art & Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, said the ministry hopes to amplify the socio-economic benefits of exploring, developing and harnessing various untapped resources in the community.
She said that Lagos State government situated the Lagos Film City in Epe to change the narrative of the division in another few years to come.
According to her, there are lots of festivals in Epe community, which bring about entertainment and tourism, hence, Lagos State government is partnering with the community to boost the tourism sector.
In same vein, Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Council of Art and Culture, Mr. Idowu Johnson, said that the tourism sector is impacting greatly on the economy of many nations across the globe, representing a rapidly-expanding sector in the global economy through proper planning and revamping of the rural and community-based tourism.
He said that the way to grow a community-centric tourism is to create ways in promoting and enhancing the livelihood of the community.