Says Coastal Road, Other Key Infrastructures Needed To Grow Industry
A call has been made to governments at all levels in Nigeria to see the need to support initiatives aimed at promoting tourism and entertainment in remote areas, including rural and semi urban areas.
This will help to improve quality of lives of Nigerians living in those rural settings and also decongest urban centres that are chocked up with lots of activities, traffic congestion and population explosion.
Some entertainment stakeholders and villagers submitted this at the opening of a tourism and entertainment hub in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos, tagged ” This is Ibeju-Lekki”.
Partcipants at the event were of the view that the serene environment, natural setting and relative quietness that characterise rural and semi-urban areas are good for the thriving of tourism and entertainment.
In the case of Ibeju-Lekki that is on the verge of having a refinery, two Free Trade Zones and Deep Sea Port, they said the tourism and entertainment prospects are huge and would serve as avenue for massive job creation for the country’s teaming youths.
In his remark, an Entrepreneur Mr. Napoleon Agbelogode noted that the establishment of an entertainment hub in Ibeju-Lekki that includes a plaza and event center has brought vibrancy and fun to the area, especially after reigning musician Portable and five other popular artistes were brought to perform there.
Mr. Agbelogode who is the Chairman Napmantronix Nigeria Limited, appealed to the Lagos State Tourism Board to carry along stakeholders from that part of the state in its annual activities, in order to accelerate tourism and entertainment development in Ibeju-Lekki and its environs.
According to him, “The Lagos State Tourism Board has its calendar for the year; the board can partner with different facilities and hospitality outfits to put them into their programmes for the year”, he said.
Speaking on the initiative, “This is Ibeju Lekki”, Mr. Agbelogode harped on the verse entertainment resources domiciled in Ibeju Lekki , while submitted that the wide gap between Victoria Island and Lekki axis in entertainment sector could be bridged by reserving reasonable portions of land for entertainment investments.
He said, “Plaza and lounge is a new addition to the business that we have and we look to the fact that Ibeju Lekki is sort of behind , when it comes to entertainment, and in building our plaza , right from the beggining ,we created a space that will allow for events to happen.
“Its a 6,700 square meters of real estate and we left about 4,000 square meters free of any building at all so that we can put tents and have outdoor events”.
Underlining the need for infrastructural provision in order to grow the tourism and entertainment industry, Mr.Agbelogode reminded government of earlier calls by residents for the construction of coastal road in Ibeju Lekki.
He said for now,the town has only one access road and that can’t withstand the huge business interests springing up there.
“The estate had to write to the Federal Government and Lagos state government that the people are begging for what supposed to be that coastal road.
“We think that if that coastal road is not provided and we unleash the Deep Seaport, Dangote Refinery, the two Free Trade Zones and all the huge factories coming up at the Ibeju-Lekki environment, infact Apapa will be nothing compared to what is coming”.
In a remark, one of the entertainment stakeholders in Lagos state, Mr Leke Akinrowo hinted that the future of entertainment industry in Ibeju Lekki was enormous looking at the huge potential available in the axis of Lagos.
”The entertainment resources in Ibeju Lekki is huge hence the need for such to be leveraged upon by the relevant authorities has become imperative for the nation’s development drive”.
”Resources should not be allowed to waste away while such could actually be deployed to solve many problems”
Mr Akinrowo opined that with so many investment drives in Lekki axis, the area would soon become an entertainment hub.
In an interview, the representative and secretary of Ilumorisa traditional ruler, one of the communities in Ibeju Lekki, Mr Hassan Oluwafemi noted that the entertainment concept brought to Ibeju Lekki by Mr. AGBELOGODE was first of its kind in the town.
”The intervention of Mr AGBELOGODE in Ibeju Lekki entertainment development has brought a new face to the sector.
”It is not only massive bringing six A-list entertainment artists to this place by Mr him, but the experience has impacted considerably on Ibeju Lekki development and we proud of that”.
We really appreciate him for the initiative”.
The speakers strongly believed that the future of Ibeju Lekki with respect to entertainment industry looked very promising and would grow tremendously if the state and federal governments could synergize to do the needful, including provision of infrastructures, especially good road networks.