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Tourism, entertainment sectors thriving in Nigeria despite COVID-19

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NIGERIA’S creative economy, comprising tourism and entertainment industries, is thriving despite fallouts of the global pandemic.

Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, stated this while rolling out her achievements in office.

Explaining that these wouldn’t have been possible if Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu didn’t include the creative sector in the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of his administration, she expressed her gratitude to Sanwo-Olu for the opportunity given her to lead the ministry over the last three years.

 “The entertainment, arts and tourism sector in Lagos State isn’t standing alone, but it’s part of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda that follows the roadmap for the continued growth of the state. In close to four years, we haven’t worked in isolation.

You can’t talk about tourism without discussing security and transportation amongst other things, so we collaborated with other agencies and ministries to achieve all these feats. We came into office and the pandemic struck.

But despite its effects, we have been able to sustain the industry even as our ministry operated in the (tourism, arts and culture) sector that has been majorly hit by the pandemic. However, we held a virtual concert despite the pandemic just to prove that we can’t be held back as entertainment, tourism, arts and culture will continue to thrive in our economy,” she stated.

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