Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture has assured stakeholders in the creative industry of government’s support in creating an enabling environment and supporting their arts, also boosting the state’s tourism potential.
In a meeting with stakeholders in the creative industry, held in Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday, Akinbile-Yusuf spoke on the importance of the industry. The stakeholders comprised those in the arts, film and entertainment sectors.
Akinbile said: “The creative and entertainment industry is critical in the tourism sector. It is a sector that can re-brand and market Lagos to the outside world and project the government’s policies, plans and programmes as enshrined in the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the current administration.
The government needs this sector as much as it needs the government. It is a win-win situation for the two parties.”
The commissioner also spoke on the need for the private sector to invest in tourism development, and the need to share ideas on how to move the sector forward.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture Solomon Bonu assured the Stakeholders of the government’s readiness to implement some of the recommendations reached during the meeting.
The Participants at the meeting included members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Theatre Hand Motion Picture Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).