Lagos to transform Badagry to Africa’s tourism hub


Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has affirmed his administration’s plan to make the ancient town of Badagry the hub of tourism and resort enterprise in Africa in the next 18 to 24 months.

The governor spoke to reporters yesterday after presiding over the State Executive Council meeting at the VIP Chalet in the town.

He said his administration would make Badagry a flashpoint for developmental projects.

The governor said: “Our eyes are set on Badagry; let’s do something for the future. We are going to open up Badagry forever.”

Ambode, who was accompanied by members of the State Executive Council, inspected projects and other government establishments in Badagry.

According to him, the inspection was a response to questions and suggestions from the 2016 Second Quarter Town Hall Meeting, which held at the Muslim Community Praying Ground in Badagry on Tuesday.

He inspected the road under construction from Badagry Expressway to Whispering Palms Resort, where he said the contract for completion would be awarded next week, to further boost the tourism potential of the area.

Ambode also paid an unscheduled visit to the Badagry Asphalt Plant, where he inaugurated the facility.

Addressing workers at the Asphalt Plant, the governor hailed them for their duty and commitment, saying his administration is not unaware of their hard work just as he assured that they would be rewarded.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said this was the first time, in his many years in service in the State Executive Council, that a government would be holding its Executive Council Meeting in Badagry.

This, according to him, was a good sign of the visionary leadership Ambode was providing in the state.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Steve Ayorinde reiterated the symbolism and importance of the meeting, which, according to him, was holding in Badagry for the first time.

Ayorinde said the decision of the governor to take the meeting outside the Lagos House, Ikeja, for the first time, showed his readiness and commitment to spread growth to every nook and cranny of the state.

He said the governor had spent three days in Badagry, which, according to him, goes to show that every part of the state is secured and the governor can perform his duty in every part of the state.

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