LASG to use tourism as tool to stimulate economy-Gov. Ambode


The Lagos State Government on Saturday said that it would utilise the opportunities in the tourism sector to boost its Internal revenue.

The Gov. of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, said this at the official inauguration of the redeveloped Apapa Amusement Park in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 40- year- old Amusement Park was shut down on March 17, 2012 by the state government for upgrading.

Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Arts and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, said that the park was now opened to the public.

He said that there were plans to replicate such amusement parks in some other Local Government Areas of the State.

“Our plan is to see that we generate good income from the parks for Lagosians and visitors to enjoy themselves.

“ The park provides picture-perfect moments and memories that last a lifetime; also an ideal place for family fun,’’ he said.

Mr Folorunso Folarin-Coker, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture said the Apapa Amusement Park was the number one leisure spot in the city.

“The Park is the number one leisure spot for healthy family entertainment, recreation and relaxation in entire Lagos State.

“Families troop to this enclave to enjoy their free time with consequential bonding within the visiting household, “ he said.

Folarin-Coker said that Gov. Ambode’s led administration would also use sports and entertainment sectors to stimulate the economy of the state.

“This administration is ready to create enabling environment and platforms for partnership with interested private sector organizations

Earlier Mrs Olufunmilayo Balogun, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, commended Ambode for reopening the amusement park.

“ The park will help to reposition the face of tourism in the state,’’ she said.(NAN)