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Lagos sets for Arts, Craft exhibition to boost youth employment

The Director of Tourism Promotion, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Ada Oni, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf with an Assistant Director in the Ministry, Mr. Ferdinand Tinubu

Plans are ongoing for an arts and craft exhibition in Lagos State as part of efforts to boost youth employment.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, who made this known in a chat with newsmen in Alausa Ikeja, announced that the Ministry which had already started implementing the Community Based Tourism, CBT, an aspect of the State’s revised Tourism Master Plan had trained one hundred and fifty youths to serve as tour guides.

According to her, the proposed Arts and Crafts Exhibition will further create a platform for the exposure of those already engaged in the sector and provide a much larger market for them.

The Commissioner stated that her Ministry had been engaging community leaders in selected local government areas on the need to curb identified challenges, such as harassment by area boys and ways of harnessing the gains of domestic tourism.

The Commissioner explained that the six pilot LGAs for the CBT, namely:  Ikorodu, Epe, Oshodi Isolo, Surulere, Eti-Osa and Badagry cut across the division of the State and findings conducted by the State government show that identified  points of tourism in these areas can be economically viable for the residents in particular and the State in general.

Omolara Omosanya