A high-level delegation of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) recently paid a courtesy visit to the State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to seek partnership with the Government in the development of hotels, tourism and entertainment sector in the State.

Chief Samuel Alabi, the leader of the visiting team, said the visit was to rejoice with the State on her well- deserved Golden Jubilee celebration going by the remarkable progress achieved since its creation, as well as solicit for support of the present administration in developing the hospitality industry.

He applauded the giant steps already taken by Government which had impacted positively on their industry such as the renovation and rehabilitation of Apapa Amusement Park, beautification of parks and gardens, huge investment in the security of lives and property, amongst others.

Chief Alabi, however, called on the Ministry to initiate policies that will act as a catalyst to the development of the sector as well as reduce the number of government agencies that interface with business owners, and also expedite action on the plan to construct new monuments simultaneously across the State.

While noting that these steps would clearly attract more tourists, travelers and even give birth to new businesses, he reiterated that Lagos remains the commercial capital of Nigeria, as such its tourism potentials must be fully developed towards making the city attain its position as one of the Top Tourist Destination Africa.

Responding, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, the Acting Commissioner in the Ministry thanked the group for the visit and said the Ambode-administration is an inclusive government ready to collaborate with private and public organistaions on all sectors.

She outlined the government’s plan to develop and strengthen commerce and industry in the State and promised to consider their request for partnership.