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Lagos Assures Consuls General of Easy Passages of Tourists, Arts Collections For NAFEST

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Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, with the Consuls General

The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has held a roundtable discussion with some Consuls General at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, towards establishing a good working relationship and initiating modalities for seamless visits to Lagos by tourists and visitors, before and during the National Festival of Arts, NAFEST, and Culture to be hosted by Lagos state.

In her address, the Commissioner for the Ministry, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said: “This roundtable was necessitated by the need to establish a good relationship with the offices of Consuls General in Lagos State. We want to collaborate with your offices and ensure that tourists and visitors to Lagos State have seamless immigration passage, especially for those coming in and taking artworks out of Nigeria”.

She explained the various activities and programs of the Ministry in the last three years of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration and its upcoming events including a planned Art Exhibition, in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady of Lagos State and some Banks in Nigeria.

According to her: “Different art enthusiasts have been invited to the exhibition and we have listed about 50 Arts Collectors that will be present at the event. Participants would also include other First Ladies from the Southwest States of Nigeria as well as people from the diaspora”.

While informing the gathering that Ministry will be partnering with the Federal Government to ensure seamless visits of Tourists. The Commissioner stated that it is important to bring to the fore all challenges that art collectors face when coming into the country and those travelling out of the country for similar art exhibitions and festivals.

Responding, all attendees were satisfied with the arrangement and the initiative of acquainting them with likely challenges and possible means of overcoming them.

They acknowledged the briefing will help to deepen the relationship between their respective countries and Lagos State.

Consuls General of Germany, Switzerland, Spain, India and Benin Republic, amongst others, were present at the event.

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