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5 centres host Greater Lagos Fiesta from 29th December to end 2022

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The “Greater Lagos Fiesta” will hold from Thursday 29th December, and run into the wee hours of Sunday, 1st January 2023, to usher in the New Year.

According to the state government, the fiesta will be held in all the five divisions of the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Femi Martins told journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja on Monday that the Greater Lagos Fiesta would engage and entertain Lagos residents as the year winds down.

He said that the event, where a lot of Grade A artists are expected to entertain Lagosians, is in continuation of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration’s passion to meet the yearning of the public and promote tourism, arts and culture through entertainment in line with the fifth pillar of the Greater Lagos developmental agenda, which is Entertainment and Tourism.

Martins, who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf; the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Gboyega Akosile, and other state officials during the press conference, said that the annual fiesta, which started in 2012 but could not hold in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 restrictions, would take place simultaneously this year at designated centres in Ikorodu, Epe, Ikeja, Badagry and Lagos Island.

He said that over 10,000 fun seekers are expected to throng each of the venues of the Greater Lagos Fiesta daily in Ikorodu Town Hall, Epe Recreation Center, Agege Stadium, Badagry Grammar School and Eko Atlantic City.

Martins said that the Greater Lagos Fiesta would further open up economic opportunities for small and medium scale operators, adding that adequate security arrangements have been put in place for all attendees in all five divisions.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Tourism, Mr Tunji Seymour; Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf; Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Olufemi Martins; and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Gboyega Akosile

Martins, who assured all Lagos residents and beyond of a well-loaded Greater Lagos Fiesta filled with fun and entertainment, said the event will promote and have a positive impact on the economy of the State, which would result in a boom and therefore appeal to willing corporate organisations to partner with the state government to make the event successful.

The Special Adviser also hinted that, with the Q4 Initiative launched in September, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture would be able to collate data for attendees to enhance planning and project to the world the traffic that the state attracts to tourism and entertainment.

Responding to questions from journalists on the name successive governments have called the fiesta in the State, Martins said that the Governor would be briefed on the need for a bill to be sponsored at the state House of Assembly for the current name to be backed by law for continuity.

The Greater Lagos Fiesta was designed to provide a platform to promote commerce, arts, culture, unity, and happiness among the people of Lagos State in celebration of the yuletide.

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