Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured Lagosians that he is in government to serve the people, especially to provide solutions to the increasing traffic gridlock and the promotion of ease of doing business in the state. He said if his administration cannot provide these services, among others, it has no business being in government.
Sanwolu-Olu, who spoke at the opening ceremony of Art X Lagos on Friday night at Federal Palace Hotel, stated that making entertainment and tourism key components of his policy was not mere talk, but a decision to make Lagos tourism and entertainment destination in Africa.
“Why are we in government? We are in government to solve traffic problems. We are in government to fix potholes. We are in government primarily to create enabling environment where all of you can flourish in whatever you do. If we cannot get all these right, then we don’t have any business being in government,” he said while reacting to remarks by founder, Art X, Tokini Peterside.
He noted that “If we are in government and Tokini still pick calls at middle of the night for people to get visas to come to Nigeria, then we have not done our jobs well.”
Sanwo-Olu, however, reiterated his administration’s commitment to support and promote private individuals and organisations’ creative efforts that are geared towards making Lagos a destination of choice in Africa. He stressed that the Lagos State government, in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria and other financial experts, is working on the refurbishment of the National Theatre, Lagos and building of a 40-hectare eco-system real estate for the creative sector. He stated that, hopefully, in the next two or three years, the National Theatre should be able to host the fair.
He disclosed that by next year, Lagos State government will be on the list of sponsors of the art fair, adding that part of its contributions will be on how to remove those red tapes in order to make Lagos a destination of choice.
“We want Lagos to be on everyone’s calendar for 2020. Next year, Lagos will host Under-20 Female World Cup and the Global Citizens award in September,” he added.