Tourism stakeholders plead for adequate facilities

Ekene Okafor, Lagos

Badagry, is an historical town in Lagos, Nigeria known for its landscapes, cultural artefacts and relics of human slavery.

Lagos State governments must leverage on the rich cultural heritage in Badagry by creating a good road network for tourists and also an atmosphere that will attract investors into the community.

The Chairman Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fatai Shokunbi  made this statement, saying the government needs to encourage investors coming into Badagry by providing a flexible tax payment.

’’Government should be able to provide land and spread the task payments into instalment in order to encourage investors, because if there are investments, then our people would be taken off the streets,” he stated.

Shokunbi was speaking with travel and tourism writers during a familiarisation tour in Badagry.badagry

According to him, “the government needs to do more. The road is a major hindrance to tourists coming into Nigeria not just Badagry, I think the government should encourage people who are outside the country. A lot of people want to come into the country to invest despite the challenges of light, roads amogst others.’’

On why he chooses Badagry to invest, Shokunbi noted that he believed in the Ancient city.

“I decided to build my three star hotel in Badagry because I see the town as a tourist attraction and it is the first town you see before heading to Lagos when coming to Nigeria from some West African Countries like Ghana, Benin Republic, Togo etc. I also believe that the discovery of oil in the land and the construction of seaport in the future will attract investors and also sell our rich heritage,” he concluded.