The Lagos State Government on Thursday inaugurated the State’s Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Review Committee, with veteran Nollywood actress Joke Silva as Chairman.
The committee was inaugurated to reactivate the Tourism, Arts, and Culture sector of the state.
Other members of the committee include Mr. Atunyota Akpobome (a.k.a Ali Baba), Mr. Patrick Donald Lee, Dr. Adun Okupe, Mrs. Oyenike Okundaye, and Mr. Gbenga Sunmonu.
Inaugurating the committee in Ikeja, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, said that the state’s creative industry had remained dormant, following the Coronavirus pandemic.
She said that members were expected to make recommendations to the state government on ways to rejuvenate its economy, particularly the Tourism and Entertainment industry.
”The situation in the world today was not pre-determined. This is where we are and this is what we have seen happening to us.
”The tourism sector is one of the worst-hit sectors by this pandemic because, on a daily basis, Lagos records new cases and we must not shy away from the fact that COVID-19 is still with us.
”Everywhere is shut down. The airline operators are not operating, there is nothing like Art exhibitions, and hospitality businesses have been put on hold.
”So, we want to find a way to sustain our economy and the industry, even with the pandemic, and see how best we can continue to improve on the creative sector,” the commissioner said.