L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba; Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; wife of Lagos State Governor, Bolanle and Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola during the Opening of the Rasheed Gbadamosi Art Exhibition as part of activities to celebrate Lagos@50 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, January 27, 2017.

 

By Ololade Olabisi

 Lagos will exploit the potentials and creativity that abound in the arts and entertainment sector to boost the State’s economy and lead the drive to get the nation out of recession, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said on Friday.

Mr. Ambode spoke at the maiden Rasheed Gbadamosi Art Exhibition held at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Victoria Island.

He said there was no better time to look towards the arts and entertainment sector to create jobs for the teeming youths, which according to him can go a long way to reflate the economy.

“If we are going to beat recession, the real future of Lagos and Nigeria is what you have seen tonight and that’s where we are going,” he said.

Governor Ambode said his administration believes that no nation or state can achieve its full potential without adequate attention to matters of heritage and culture or without due encouragement for the teeming youthful population that sees and seeks opportunities in the creative industries.

“Creativity is the most valuable asset in any progressive society.  Therefore, progressive governments must embrace creativity. We are committed, and we must reward contributors of creative ideas with incentives.

“This is why we are keenly interested in further development of our creative talents; in providing them with support and opportunities to be engaged; in helping to create platforms such as today’s to excel and compete globally and in showing to the world that Lagos is more than ready to announce its arrival as the continent’s frontline destination of choice that gives arts and culture their due,” the Governor said.

He said with the Arts Exhibition, aside seeking to immortalise the sterling contributions of the late Co-Chair of the Lagos @ 50 Committee, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, presented a veritable platform for his administration to show its passion for the creative arts especially by encouraging young and budding talents.

“This is why we are keenly interested in further development of our creative talents; in providing them with support and opportunities to be engaged; in helping to create platforms such as today’s to excel and compete globally and in showing to the world that Lagos is more than ready to announce its arrival as the continent’s frontline destination of choice that gives arts and culture their due,” Governor Ambode said.

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