The Lagos at 50 celebrations continued on Saturday with a colourful Boat Regatta display held simultaneously at four different locations, where the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode restated his administration’s determination to develop the immense potentials of the Lagos waterways.
The Governor, who spoke at the Oyinkan Abayomi Drive Waterfront, Lagos Island, venue of the event, which also held in Epe, Badagry and Ikorodu, said he would also create a platform for the private sector to harness the opportunities which abound in the waterways.
“Our administration has invested massively in the provision of facilities and infrastructures on our waterways. The issue of security especially on our waters is very important to us and resources have been deployed to ensure safety and security of the waterways as well as the channelisation of the waterways”, he said.
Governor Ambode who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, added that the celebration of Lagos at 50 will not be complete without showcasing the State’s culture and tradition which is derived from the adaptation of its natural environment -the lagoons and creeks.
“We are committed to the preservation and advancement of our water based cultural heritage. Our state is blessed with great aquatic environment. 22 percent of the total geographical area of lagos is made up of lagoons and creeks”.
“These water bodies have become part of our culture and heritage and have influenced our culture, our trade and our lifestyle”, the Governor said.
The event featured a traditional Boat Regatta parade and display competition by 15 qualified boats and floats at the end of which five finalists emerged.
It also featured search and rescue demonstration and maneuvering by agencies such as the Marine Police, MIMASA, LASWA and LASEMA and very culturally rich traditional performances.
Prominent dignitaries including the Commissioner for Employment and Wealth Creation, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi- Etti, Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon Adebimpe Akinsola, former Finance Commissioner, Mr Wale Edun and Sole Administrators of many Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas graced the event.
We are all here today to witness one of the most colourful events in our State – the Lagos Boat Regatta. This Regatta, which is happening simultaneously in 4 different locations of the State – Lagos Island, Epe, Ikorodu and Badagry, has been organised in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of our State.
The celebration of Lagos at 50 will not be complete without showcasing our culture and tradition which is derived from our adaptation to our natural environment – the lagoons and creeks of Lagos. We are committed to the preservation and advancement of our water based cultural heritage.
Our State is blessed with great aquatic environment. 22% of the total geographical area of Lagos is made up of Lagoons and Creeks. These water bodies have become part of our culture and heritage and have influenced our culture, our trade and our lifestyle.
As we enjoy the colourful displays and creative expressions of our culture on water, let me use this opportunity to highlight the massive economic potential within these waters. We are barely scratching the surface. Beyond transportation, there are potentials for water sports, tourism and entertainment.
As a government, we are determined to develop this great potential for economic growth and are committed to creating a platform for the private sector to harness the opportunities which abound in our waters.
Our administration has invested massively in provision of facilities and infrastructures on our waterways. The issue of security especially on our waters is very important to us and resources have been deployed to ensure safety and security of the waterways as well as the channelization of the waterways.
I thank our Traditional Fathers and leaders for your commitment to the preservation of cultural heritage. We still need to do more especially in the area of the preservation of the Yoruba language. The Lagos State House of Assembly has fixed a date for celebration of the Yoruba language. I implore all our children, parents, school principals and teachers to embrace the implementation of this initiative in the interest of the unborn generation of Yoruba children.
Finally, I commend the Coordinators of this boat regatta and all the participants for putting up a very colourful event and showcasing Lagos to the world. Lagos is proud of you.
I thank you all of for your attention.
God bless Lagos State.
God bless you.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo je wa logun
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor of Lagos State,
Alausa – Ikeja.
15th April, 2017.
…Begins Construction Of Six New Arts Theatres
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday inaugurated a Board of Arts and Culture, urging them to go all out and explore private sector support to nurture new talents and generate events for a sustainable development of the creative arts sector in the State.
The Governor, who spoke at the inauguration of the Board at the Banquet Hall, Lagos State, said that though the State Government in the last 23 months has covered a lot of ground in terms of design and structure of the arts and entertainment sector, so much still needed to be done if it must realise its goal to become a global hub for music, theatre and film.
“The commitment of our administration to harness the huge creative talents that abound in the State in the fields of Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Sports has never been in doubt. The ultimate goal is to use all of these to drive tourism, create employment and increase the contribution of the non-oil sector to the State’s gross domestic product.
“The Council for Arts and Culture which we have just inaugurated has a huge responsibility to translate our vision in this regard to reality,” the Governor said.
Governor Ambode said the Board would among other things, be expected to ensure the sustainable management of arts and culture facilities and infrastructures in the State and create a sustainable framework for the sector.
While urging the Board to generate local and international events to showcase and promote the State’s diverse talents in the field of creative arts, music, entertainment and sports, he tasked them to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage while being sensitive to the diverse cultures of the citizens of the State.
He said the State was currently leading the initiatives to transform the National Museum and the iconic National Arts Theatre into world class centres of history, tourism arts and entertainment, while construction work on the six arts theatres across the state has began in earnest.
Besides, Governor Ambode said that in recognition of the enormous responsibilities the Board would be saddled with, his administration ensured that only seasoned professionals, notable and respected personalities were chosen to serve on the council.
Members of Board include, arts enthusiast, Mrs. Polly Alakija as Chairman, with veteran thespian, Joke Silva, multiple award winning actor and movie producer, Kunle Afolayan, influential visual artist, Mr. Kolade Oshinowo and foremost artist and designer, Chief Mrs. Nike Okundaye as members.
Other members include, Mobee of Badagry, High Chief Patrick Yodenu Mobee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Adeyemi and Director of Culture at the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Saidat Otulana.
He said the inauguration of the Board, coming on the heels of the 50-day event countdown of the State’s Golden Jubilee celebration, showed the total commitment of his administration to put the arts and culture sector in the right perspective.
“We will continue to provide a conducive environment for a private sector-led development as a strategy towards actualizing our vision. While we will intervene where and when necessary to support this development strategy, it will be the responsibility of this distinguished Council to seek and explore private sector support to nurture new talents and generate events for a sustainable development of the creative arts sector in the State,” he said.
Governor Ambode also thanked members of the Board for accepting to serve the State especially the Chairman, Mrs. Polly Alakija, whom according to him, is well revered for her commitment to the arts and selfless service to the society.
Speaking on behalf of the new appointees, Mrs. Polly Alakija thanked Governor Ambode for reposing confidence on her and other Board members, assuring that they would stop at nothing to make great impact in the lives of young people through arts, culture and creative sector.
She also assured of the commitment of the Board to explore all areas of possibilities to achieve the set out objectives to make the arts and entertainment sector evolve as a revenue generating mechanism for the State.