The Lagos State Government has reiterated its resolve to support traditional cultural activities in the state through the promotion of festivals in towns and communities.
Mr Disun Holloway, the Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations said this in a statement issued on Monday by the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy on Monday in Ikeja.
“It is necessary to preserve our heritage while promoting such events so that attendant economic benefits are felt by the residents of the state.
“The Lagos Carnival 2014 attracted over half a million residents and tourists who watched the carnival parade,” he said.
According to Holloway, the present administration has ensured that festivals in the state are tools for social and economic empowerment.
He said that the festivals had contributed immensely to poverty eradication and increasing capital development, through the training of youths in various vocational skills needed during the cultural events.
Holloway said that the State Government’s desire to encourage private enterprise where applicable necessitated the concession of the old Apapa Amusement Park through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.
“Since the present administration recognises the importance of entertainment, the first phase of the project will be open to the public by December,” he said.
According to the commissioner, the Game & Rides at the park will be the most exciting in West Africa.
Holloway said that the state government, through the ministry, had produced a fold-away map and a 96-page brochure titled “Lagos: A Visitor’s Guide” to strengthen the state’s profile as a tourist destination.
He said that the guide would be distributed at locations such as airports, hotels, restaurants and other tourism establishments, to provide precise information on the tourism destinations in the state.