Goge Africa has been awarded by the Lagos State Government, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf.
The award which was presented at the unveiling of the reviewed tourism masterplan of Lagos state is in recognition of Goge Africa ‘s interventions in the tourism industry through capacity development in Lagos state.
The occasion was well attended by stakeholders in the tourism industry.
The award is coming on the heels of the recent series of FREE tourism training which has bolstered human capacity and tourism enterprise viability in line with the organization’s mission to train 1,000 tourism entrepreneurs by the year 2025.
Setting the record straight, over 43 youths have benefitted from this initiative of Goge Africa. The first which was sponsored fully by the NLNG involved 20 youths from Bonny Island.
The most recent was in partnership with Lagos State Government, Sterling Bank, NIHOTOUR and Nigeria Railway Corporation, pulled 23 tourism entrepreneurs from Lagos State.
The masterplan which is a deliberate step at overturning the fortunes of Lagos tourism, was conceived by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration, in recognition of tourism as a growth strategy for Lagos State, with a focus on the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the government.
Speaking at the event, the S.A. to the Governor of Lagos State on Tourism, Arst and Culture, Mr Solomon Bonu noted that “the idea behind the tourism masterplan and policy was conceived to provide a more holistic approach for the implementation of tourism activities across the state”
He also hinted that “there is a plan by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to train 500 youths as tour guides from the five IBILE (Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Lagos and Epe) divisions of the state.”
Presenting the masterplan, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf observed that the updated masterplan will play a significant role in the creation of Lagos as a successful tourism destination.
According to her, it is in line with the vision to position Lagos State as a major African tourism and entertainment hub by integrating the tourism, entertainment and arts industry as a viable platform to attract visitors and create job opportunities in the state.
She also emphasized that: “it proposes a bold and auspicious mission for Lagos for the next 15-20 years. And our vision in Lagos is to be one of the top vibrant tourism destinations in Africa and be recognized as the face of arts in Africa.”
With the public presentation of this strategic document, Lagos State is on the path to becoming the choicest destination for tourists, not only in Africa, but also in the world.
Other awardees at the event include: Nike Davies-Okundaye, Alibaba, Mr Tarzan Balogun, Amb. Ikechi Uko, Mr Moses Babatope, Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters, and FTAN (Federation of Tourism Associations in Nigeria).