Lagos holds maiden street party

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The Lagos state government in south west Nigeria, has concluded arrangements to host the maiden edition of the state’s Street Party.

The state Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Art and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola gave this indication while briefing journalists on the Ministry’s line up of activities for the rest of the year and beyond.

Mrs Akinsola who said that the Lagos State Street Party will hold between 3rd and 4th of December, at the Ahmadu Bello axis of Victoria Island Lagos promised an event of international standards.

“I can liken the Lagos Street Party to what the British call Nottinghill carnival, though our own is not as big as that, but we are starting this year at Victoria Island and hopefully next year the train will move to other parts of the areas in the state,” she said.

The acting Commissioner who promised adequate security for the fun seekers explained that the two-day event was in a bid to showcase the rich culture of Lagos.

“This is just to put Lagos at the front row in terms of richness in its tourism potential, from art, local cuisine, hospitality among others,” she added.

According to her: ” Our ministry is saddled with the responsibilities to promote tourism, hospitality, entertainment, sports for excellence and we have been doing these with numbers of activities in the past.”

Akinsola, a former member of the state house of assembly maintained that as part of efforts to regulate the hospitality business, the state would soon begin a clampdown on the hotels without sign posts.

She noted that the ministry recently held a stakeholders meeting on the preservation of heritage sites and hopes to hold a tourism,art and culture summit next year.