The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has announced plans by the Lagos State Government and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to redevelop the National Museum situated in Onikan, Lagos

The Governor in company with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dropped the hint during a recent visit and tour of the National Museum. Ambode expressed optimism that the collaborative efforts would be beneficial to the country in terms of development and preservation of monuments.

He referred to an on-going multi-story car park being undertaken by the state government near the National Museum as a project that would complement the envisaged collaborative arrangement.

The governor reiterated his resolve to use tourism, hospitality, entertainment and sports to drive development of the State. He averred that the expected gains of the partnership with the Federal Government on the National Museum would further reduce gaps in job creation with the engagement of artisans and other related skills.

“In the long run, this will cause a leap in the state’s GDP while other positive multiplier effects will be recorded in the state’s economy,” said Ambode.

The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed expressed his joy at the interest shown and demonstrated by Ambode and referred to the partnership as “a dream come true”

In his own reaction, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Folorunsho Folarin-Coker noted that the synergy will take the tourism and culture sector to the highest level ever witnessed in the country. Folarin-Coker expressed optimism that the partnership on the National Museum project portends a good omen for the entire country in terms of the deliverables and long term socio-economic values.