Lagos Gives Reasons for Organising Greater Nigeria Independence Cruise

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By Justina Uzo Okpanku                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has given reason why it worked closely with the private sector operators in organising a boat cruise during the nation’s Independence anniversary, last week. Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Tourism Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu said that the cruise was put up in a couple of days by Goge Africa in collaboration Tarzan Jetty, Tour2Nigeria, Sam Adeleke – Travel With Sam, Explore Travel Magazine, Angel Style World Travels and Tours and others to showcase the viability of Lagos tourism.
He said : We used the opportunity to tell Lagosians and the whole world that boat cruise is safe and enjoyable in Lagos. While calling on everyone to find time to experience Lagos through the waterways, Bonu explained benefits of the waterways in the promotion of tourism in Lagos State. Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Pharm. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said “using the waterway would make it easier for Lagosians to move from one destination to another.” Adding: “So we want to encourage the public to continue to use our waterways.”
Akinbile-Yusuf restated the state government adoption of the waterways as an alternate means of transportation. In the same vein, Managing Director, Lagferry, Hon. Ladi Balogun encouraged Lagosians to “see waterway as a viable and reliable alternative to road transportation not only to commute people, but also for entertainment, tourism and social events on the waterway.” Balogun said Lagferry “is setting a standard for everybody because this is a Lagos for the future; this is what we want to see…we are showing it to the world, we are demonstrating to everyone that yes, we can do it. Not only on the road, but also through the waterway.” The waterways, he said, will give way for the “multi-modal transportation that we’ve been preaching since year 2000.”
Lagos Tourism and its partners had feted over 150 people to a boat cruise themed: “Greater Nigeria Independence Cruise” aboard the expansive MV Adimu Orisa Ferry, along the waterways of Lagos State.
Personalities who participated at the cruise at included Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, the Chief Corporate Services Officer at MTN Nigeria, Mr. Tobe Okigbo and his wife, Chioma, as well as tourism entrepreneurs many of who said the event was a synergy between the state government, tourism practitioners and entertainers. Nigeria’s movie industry was ably represented by Lilian Amah-Aluko, a respected film producer, actress and writer.
CEO, Goge Africa, Amb. Isaac Moses hailed the event, saying that it was a double celebration for Goge Africa even as Nigeria turns 61.
He told how in
1999, following the debut of the multiple awards- winning culture and travel TV show, Goge Africa, on October 1 (same day as Nigeria’s Independence Day anniversary) their interest in tourism and “the appreciation of our cultural heritage was ignited.”
Isaac recalled the debut of their show on television and the company’s dedication to the development and promotion of domestic tourism in Nigeria and Africa.
For him, the team celebrated these two epochal birth anniversaries, Nigeria at 61 and Goge Africa at 22 as well as waterways of Lagos State. Participatants said the boat cruise which took them through the nooks and crannies of Lagos waters was able to “create an atmosphere for enjoyment of games, interaction and networking.”
One of them, Banji Alfred, said the cruise was memorable. He explained that he identified with it because such events “sensitise the people on the need to explore water transportation not just for leisure but in a bid to ease the traffic situation of Lagos.”
Francisca Onarinde of BestManGames, one of the event partners, advised that such events “should happen more often and by so doing everyone will have a chance to experience it to unwind, relax and have fun.” Another said, water leisure will expose more people to the “beauty of tourism destinations through the waterways. Source: THISDAY.

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