Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday reassured the people of Lagos that he would promote the tourism potentials in the state.He made this statement when the Chairman of Diaspora Commission, Honorable Abike Dabiri Arewa came to intimate the Governor on a festival which will promote the remembrance of slave route in the state.
Abike Dabiri Arewa in her address to the Lagos State Governor said the united Nations has dedicated ten years to Africa as the decade for Africa,noting Africa has used about three years of that decade noting the continent have done much about it.
‘As you know, this year will be the 400th years since the slaves were taken out of the African continent. This is a very big year for everyone all over the year.
Two years ago, we started the programme called the Door of Return. The former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, promised to support us but the arrangement did not work out.
The tourist mostly African American would have the opportunity to walk through the door of no return where their ancestors were shipped out of the continent. They will also have the opportunity to have experience of how their fore fathers were taken out of the continent then. They will have the opportunity to see the different artifacts.’
Dabiri-Arewa said there is a spiritual and emotional connection attached to the exercise; many that have passed through the process often come with tears. At the inception of the programme, Dabiri-Arewa said they had about 25 returnees from Brazil, Jamaica and others.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu while replying Dabiri-Arewa said the festival is of the beginning of something big to come,n the festival fit into part of his government agenda towards taking Lagos State to the next level.
‘I can assure you that I will get my people to work immediately because the time is less than two months to the event. I can assure you that all the logistics required would be provided.
No matter how people take tourism to another location, if you have historic presence somewhere, no matter how they take it away, they will still come back to the historic base.’
The Governor of Lagos State also promised to work with organisers of the festival and the community to see the potentials that could be gotten from the community.