“When you see us continue to plead for the control of wasting federal assets like the National Art theatre, National Museum and National stadium and possibly declare our intention to have theb MMIA concessioned to us. When you see our unwavering commitment to changing the face of public transportation, committing more funds to providing jetties and expanding access to waterways, please know that we are driven only by the need to build and sustain the needed infrastructure for which an enduring tourism landscape can stand and also out live our own administration and those coming after us”, he said.
Determined to see that infrastructures in the state meet its mega city status when placed side by side with other emerging cities in the world, the Lagos State government has asked the Federal Government to concession the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), to it.
The state of the airport which is a gateway into Lagos and the country by extension has continued to be a source of concern to air tavellers plying the terminal despite the constant refurbishment carried out on the facility.
The Governor of the state, Mr. Akniwumi Ambode who disclosed this at the just concluded Lagos Tourism Summit with the theme “Destination Lagos: Towards a Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy”, held at Eko Hotel, said the state is worried with the deteriorating federal assets of the government that is wasting way due to improper management.
He said Lagos has continued to plead with the federal government to concession other national assets like the National Art Theatre, National Stadium in Suru Lere, National Museum among others.
“So as a government we are very conscious of this fact and that is why we have been using infrastructure, security, stability and partnering with all stakeholders who are fundamental ingredients for tourism development. We have channelled a lot of resource to creating an enduring architecture for the business of tourism to thrive.
“We have channelled a lot of resource to creating an enduring architecture for the business of tourism to thrive. Tourism does not stand on its own, it is the infrastructure supporting it that actually allows it to thrive and that is why there has been so much upbeat about putting the infrastructure in place. Our plans, concept and execution are very deliberate and well thought out to make a highly populated mega city state, culturally attractive and artistically functional. We are humbly enough to draw inspiration from other cities like Sao Paolo, Dubai, Singapore and Tokyo who are using tourism in great extent. We can also see African cities like Cape Town, Marrakech, and Accra have drawn attention to themselves as tourist haven of varying degrees.
“Our reputation as a commercial and entertainment nerve centre of Africa is not in doubt. With our young and energetic population, our coastal location and other natural resources, we are arguably the city best suited to promote the idea of an iconic super brand of the black race. In order to do this successfully, we must first build a solid infrastructure architecture that will endure, it must be safe and secure. It must provide functional and enduring venues for the arts, culture, festivals, the creative industry, recreation and wildlife and it must constantly and productively engage its critical stakeholders” he said