The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture announced that it worked closely with some private sector operators to organize a boat trip during the anniversary of the nation’s independence last week to demonstrate the viability of tourism in Lagos.
Mr Solomon Bonu, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Tourism Arts and Culture, said the cruise was organized by Goge Africa in collaboration with Tarzan Jetty, Tour2Nigeria, Sam Adeleke – Travel With Sam, Explore Travel Magazine. Angel Style World Travels and Tours and others.
He stated that “we used the opportunity to tell Lagosians and the whole world that boat cruise is safe and enjoyable in Lagos.”
While urging everyone to find time to explore Lagos through the waterways, Bonu explained how beneficial the waterway is in the promotion of tourism in Lagos State.
Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said, “using the waterways would make it easier for Lagosians to move from one destination to another, adding that: “So we want to encourage the public to continue to use our waterways.”
Akinbile Yusuf reaffirmed the state government’s acceptance of waterways as an alternative means of transportation.
Also, the Managing Director of Lagferry, Hon. Ladi Balogun implored the citizens of Lagos 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.”
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 waterways.”
The waterways, he said, would give way for the “multi-modal transportation that we’ve been preaching since year 2000.”
The ministry and its partners had hosted over 150 people on a boat cruise themed: “Greater Nigeria Independence Cruise” aboard the expansive MV Adimu Orisa Ferry, along the Lagos State waterways.
The cruise feature top personalities such as the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and 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 whom said the event was a synergy between the state government, tourism practitioners and entertainers.
Nollywood was also represented by Lilian Amah-Aluko, film producer, actress and writer.
Goge Africa CEO, Ambassador Isaac Moses lauded the event and said it was a double celebration for Goge Africa as Nigeria celebrates 61 years of independence.
Isaac recalled the debut of his television show and the company’s commitment to developing and promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria and Africa.
The team celebrated these two momentous birth anniversaries for him, Nigeria at 61 and Goge Africa at 22.
Participants said that the boat trip which took them through the nooks and crannies of the waters of Lagos was able to “create an atmosphere for the enjoyment of games, interaction and networking.”
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.”