In the bid to boost the tourism potentials of the State, the Lagos State Government has sealed a major partnership with world’s second largest private foundation, Ford Foundation, on the total rejuvenation of Lagos Island. More importantly, the ‘Onikan’ axis is to be transformed into a major tourism hub, not just in Nigeria, but in Africa.
Lagos Island, which is located at the heart of Lagos is home to monumental structures like the Onikan Museum, Cathedral Church of Christ, CMS, the Muson center, Tafawa Balewa Square and other interesting places for sight-seeing, culture and entertainment; even now the State Government plans to construct a new Museum in Onikan, while the new Lagos History Centre coming on board in the axis and the Presidential Lodge would be transformed to what would be known as ‘Eko Park’.
People are an important aspect of Sustainable Development and as vital pillars, Culture and Tourism will enable the Government include the local people in the development of the State even as it provides jobs for the local people.
It is therefore expedient that such a project should focus on initiatives for the indigenous peoples and local communities, recognizing and factoring their cultural values, rights and beliefs in strategy and decision-making to ensure Sustainable Development.