Lagos Central Business District gets IDA recognition

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Central Business District (CBD) in Lagos State has been listed as a member of a United States based body- the International Downtown Association (IDA).

This makes Lagos the third CBD to be registered in the whole of Africa after Kenya and South Africa.

The Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on CBD, Mr Agboola Dabiri announced this to newsmen in Ikeja.

According to Mr Dabiri, such international recognition is the result of the efforts of government at turning the Agency around for the better, through the commitment of enormous resources for the Agency’s personnel to perform.

“It is my utmost pleasure to announce to you that our own Lagos Central Business Districts has been registered as a member of the International Downtown Association, based in Arizona, United States of America.  It is the body that oversees all CBDs worldwide. The feat and honour thus make Lagos the third CBD to be registered in the whole of Africa after Kenya and South Africa.  Now, Lagos CBD is opened to international partnership from over 2000 members on the list of the international body.  There is room for exchange programmes, summit, conferences, seminars, information sharing and consultancy for international organizations that want to do business with Lagos or Nigeria as a whole,” he added.

Stimulating Lagos economy

The Special Adviser added that the CBD had been working assiduously to stimulate the economy of Nigeria’s commercial capital through maintenance of security, free flow of traffic to aid movement of goods and services. He affirmed that the agency was also looking at other ways of generating more revenue into the state’s coffers apart from fines.

Furthermore, he revealed that some foreign agencies were already showing interests in working with the Lagos CBD saying the partnerships would in no small measure enhance the operations of the CBD.

“Already, some companies/organizations in other countries have started to indicate their interest to work with us, through an exchange of working tools that are essential for the upliftment and development of our Agency.  For example, the New London CBD in United Kingdom (UK) is donating two (2) State of the Art Ambulances to us free to effectively tackle any manner of health challenges in the line of duty, in the same vein, the Lebanese and Syrian Clubs in Lagos are willing to renovate the popular Ago Tower at Idumota, constructed in 1905. The tower has been out of service for a long time and the two foreign clubs are ready to put it back to good use,” he noted.

Revamping cultural heritage

He stated that the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, was also collaborating with the CBD towards reviving some cultural heritage on the Island of Lagos State and turning them into good tourist attractions and revenue generation for government.