Hand Over Ceremony of the Lagos Tourism Master Plan Reviewed Edition by FTAN Lagos State Chapter

Hand Over Ceremony of the Lagos Tourism Master Plan Reviewed Edition by FTAN Lagos State Chapter

The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) Lagos State Chapter has handed over the reviewed Lagos State Tourism master plan to the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on Tuesday in Lagos.

Speakings at the event, the Honorable Commissioner of   Tourism Arts and Culture Lagos State Pharm Mrs Uzamat Akinbile -Yusuf, who received the reviewed Tourism master plan along side her team appreciated the executive members of FTAN Lagos State Chapter as partners and stakeholders who have worked hard putting Tourism in the right part in Lagos State and even across the world. Considering the review, she is confident that the work done will be able to put Lagos State on the world map of tourism. She said that the work will be reviewed thoroughly and will be presented to the Governor and even the State Assembly.

The event which took place at the conference hall of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Alausa Ikeja Lagos had in attendance the Principal’s officers of the Ministry, Directors of departments, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture Mr Solomon Bonu and the Sinior Special Advicer to the governor on Tourism Arts and Culture Mr Tunji Saymour and some of the Executive members of FTAN Lagos Chapter with FTAN Vice President Southwest Otunba Olumokun.

In his response Mr. Gbenga Sunmonu the Coordinator of the Lagos State Chapter of FTAN said that the mandate of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture was for FTAN to go through it and come up with an ease of implimentation and also to take ownership of it, to look at how the Ministry can sell the Tourism master plan wholesome to the State and be beneficial to the industry players as well as to the Nigerian economy.

Mr Gbenga Sunmonu appreciated the Hon. Commissioner for the opportunity and honor given to the Stakeholders to participate in such a task knowing that Tourism is a private sector driven enterprise.

He commended the developers of the Master plan and also the Lagos State government having invested resources to come up with this document. Indeed it is the future of tourism in Lagos. Mr Sunmonu however also identify that there were gaps in the document as they were done in abstract of industry players, with out them it will be difficult to impliment the document. Also the document set goals to put Lagos State among the top five destinations in Africa, Mr Sumonu said that Lagos State has since passed that level, the goal now is to be the first in Africa and to position the State in the global map as Lagos has huge Tourism resources such as Costal lines, Eco-tourism and is   rich Culture and history etc.

He also identified that without proper planning and capacity building, it will be difficult to achieve the objectives of the Master plan.

He also  noted that the hospitality business was also left out. He said that the hospitality industry contributed about 40 percent of the IGR in tax returns. What FTAN has done is to compress the one thousand and seven pages document into forty two pages for the Ministry to have the ease to implement. He further said that the stakeholders have also taken ownership of the document  knowing that the industry players are the drivers of Tourism. Mr Sunmonu said that the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism should implement policies that will further boost tourism development in the State and change those acts that are detrimental to the development of the Sector.

Otunba Olumokun in his speech said that the President of  Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) Alhaji Saleh Rabo and the BOT Chairman Chief Samuel Alabi are very happy with the Commissioner and her team on the development in Lagos State.
He also appreciated the Lagos State government and the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture for championing this course of carrying the stakeholders along. He said that the stakeholders. should respect the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and most importantly work with the Ministry as the Ministry carries them along.

In his remark the Special Adviser to the governor on Tourism Arts and Culture Mr Solomon Bonu said he was happy about the on going development between the Ministry  and FTAN, he said he held the remark made by Otunba Olumokun that is respect and to work with the Ministry, he specified that the ministry is a policy maker and administrator while the Stakeholders are the ones who drive the industry. He said that the Ministry will work with FTAN and as stakeholders they should feel free too notify the Ministry so we can develop tourism together.

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