Oyinlola Pelumi Adewale
The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture in Lagos State, Pharm. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussu, has disclosed that the Lagos State Government has launched a community – based tourism to bring attention to sites and places of interest in the state.
She said that an office has been opened in Ikorodu for the pilot scheme for the purpose while granting interview to reporters that during the 2021 Asa Arokolo festival organized by IREP – Ikorodu Division Rebirth Foundation, at Ikorodu Town Hall on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
The Commissioner, while commending Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader, Lagos Assembly and Convener/Scout Master of the IREP, said that officials of the state will be on ground to take visitors round tourist places in the division.
“In recent times, we have launched what we called community-based tourism and we have asked for all tourists’ attractions in the state to be put together.
“We already have a documentary showcasing all attractive sites in all the divisions. We have many of them in the Ikorodu division. We have already met with Chairmen in Local Government and Local Council Development Areas. We are having our pilot office in Ikorodu Local Government with our staff so that any visitor that comes, he/she would have top guards that would take them to all places they’d love to see”, she revealed.
“We have also discussed with our Kabieyisis that they should allow our tour guide whenever they are bringing visitors to tour their palace and also ensure that they take them through necessary things that they are supposed to see.
“It is unfortunate because I was at the British museum and what are in their museum are what were taken from our own country. That is what they are showcasing. I would like to appeal to our youths to seek value in what belongs to us and promote what belongs to us rather than seeking that of the western world”, she appealed.