Lagos partners with Ford Foundation on island regeneration

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (M), with President of Ford Foundation, Mr. Darren Walker (L) and Regional Director, West Africa, Ford Foundation, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma (R) during the courtesy visit by Ford Foundation President at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

The Lagos State Government has sealed a major partnership with the Ford Foundation on the total regeneration of Lagos Island and the transformation of Onikan axis to a major tourism hub in Africa.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the State Government was delighted to partner with the foundation on issues of mutual interest, saying that the initiative will go a long way in activating the tourism potentials.

Constructing new Museum
Briefing Journalists after a meeting with a delegation from Ford Foundation, Governor Ambode said already the State was putting finishing touches to the plan 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.

“We have always spoken about the regeneration of the Lagos Island axis, Lagos is planning to build a new Museum in Onikan and also to be able to use the Lagos History Centre and the Presidential Lodge where we want to turn into what we call Eko Park.

“Ford Foundation is the second largest private foundation that we have in the world, having the foundation partner with us in the regeneration of the Lagos Island axis which we want to use to promote arts and tourism, is something that is very good for Lagos and I am excited to receive the team,” he explained.

Great future
The President of the Foundation, Mr Darren Walker said the delegation warmly welcomed the partnership with Lagos State and that the team was optimistic about a great future in the State.

Mr Walker also eulogised the political leadership in Lagos, saying that the vision of government for the citizenry is inspiring.

“My colleagues and I have admired the Governor from afar for some time and then inspired by his leadership and his vision, we sought an audience today with him and it was an opportunity for us to learn about his vision for Lagos State and we leave this meeting inspired, motivated and very hopeful about the future here,” Mr Walker stated.

Tourism development is one of the major cardinal programmes of the present administration in Lagos State.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd L); President of Ford Foundation, Mr. Darren Walker (2nd L), Programme Officer of the Foundation, Mr. Paul Nwulu; Regional Director, West Africa, Ford Foundation, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma (3rd R); Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (2nd R); Commissioner for Special Duties & Inter-governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo (R) and others during the courtesy visit by Ford Foundation.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere