The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to commence the classification and grading of hotels operating in the state.
Commissioner for Tourism and Inter- Governmental Relations, Mr Disun Holloway made this assertion thursday while hosting the Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism,Barrister Richard Mofe Damijo who was accompanied by Government officals on a fact finding mission to Lagos
Holloway disclosed that the Classification will not only encourage healthy competition within the industry, it will provide adequate information about hotels to intending customers. According to the Commissioner the Hotel Grading, Classification Committee and Ratification Appeal and Classification Review Committees were inaugurated by Governor Babatunde Fashola on 29th. July 2013 to sanitise the industry.
Adding that the two committees were made up of stakeholders from the private sector and three government officials,he explained that foreign experts were flown in to train officials on grading and classification of Hotels.
Stressing that about three thousand hotels have been so far enumurated in the on-going exercise, the Commissioner explained that this has been possible because of the Ministry has fostered good working relationship with stakeholders in the industry.
On the Lagos Carnival that is fast gaining popularity, Holloway stated that the turnout during the year 2013 edition was encouraging with about 4000 people in attendance.
He pointed that the costumes worn by the over 18,000 participants were locally sourced and made by workers of the State Skill Acquisition Centre, isheri thus creating jobs and empowering the youths of the state.
Also, the Commissioned disclosed the the Apapa Amusement Park had been concessioned to NARS limited for rehabilitation while the state government is partnering with the Nigerian Conservation Centre to construct one of the longest canopy walkways in the world. He added that a picnic site and two pond among other relaxation facilities will be provided at the center soon.
Responding, Barrister Damijo said the visit to lagos has been rewarding and assured that the Delta State Government will continue to do its best to promote tourism in the state
Holloway also has restated the present administration’s determination to provide support for the creative industry.
The Commissioner disclosed this during the closing ceremony of the Festival of Nigerian Plays(FESINA 2013) and the Investiture of Sir Uche Nwokedi(SAN) as FESTINA Ambassador at the National Theatre Iganmu, Lagos over the weekend.
According to the Commissioner,the Creative industry if properly harnessed will be a major employer of labour, adding that government is set to support any initiative that would reduce unemployment in the country.
Stressing that the industry is the “soul of any city”, he said that the Governor Babatunde led administration is committed to bringing night life back to lagos.
He added that plans are underway to build a film city in the State soon.
Acknowledging that government can’t do it alone,the Commissioner called on the Organised Private sector in to invest in the sector in order to empower the youths.
On the Investiture of Sir Nwokedi as FESTINA ambassador, Holloway explained it was a reward for hard work stressing that the writer and creative producer of “Kakadu, the Musical” had contributed so much to the creative industry in Nigeria.
The highpoint of the night was the command performance of “kakadu” put up by Playhouse Initiative. Over six groups were awarded certificate of participation during the week long festival.