Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday unveiled plansaa by his administration to boost and scale up the tourism potentials of Badagry thereby creating jobs for the youths and the people of the ancient town.
Governor Ambode, who spoke in Badagry at the on-going One Lagos Fiesta, said government has perfected plans to massively transform the town in the next eighteen months starting with the construction of 500-seater Arts Theatre and a Cinema in January 2017.
Addressing the mammoth crowd that thronged Badagry Secondary School, venue of the fiesta, the Governor said government has earmarked a lot of projects for the town in the coming year, saying that his plan was for people to live, work and play in Badagry.
He said: “I know that there are lots of youths in Badagry and we have decided that throughout next year, we are coming to do a lot of projects in Badagry that will bring out all the tourism potentials of Badagry.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left), with Hip-Hop/Rap Artist, Dremo; Afro Pop singers, Jazzman Olofin; Mayokun; Rap Artist, CDQ and Yahooze crooner, Olu Maintain during the One Lagos Fiesta at the Badagry Secondary School, Badagry, Lagos, on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
“To start with, next month, we are coming to construct a 500-seater Arts Theatre and a Cinema just opposite the General Hospital.
You already see what is going on at the Badagry Marina, it will create a lot of jobs for all of you but more importantly, I want you to take advantage of the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) that we have created. We believe all of us that are out of job for now, we have designed a way that you can have access to the ETF so that you can create jobs among yourselves.
“I want people to live in Badagry, work here and also play in Badagry. That is what we have started; we are going to continue and in the next 18 months, Badagry will change forever for good.”