By Michael Eboh, Laja Thomas & Chioma Obinna
THE Lagos State government has constituted a 14-man committee, charged with the responsibility of organising the stateâ€™s first water regatta, to showcase the immense potentials of the state in the area of tourism and water transportation.
According to a statement by the committee, regatta can be said to be a crusade and a water-based carnival-like cultural and traditional event on water.
The committee said the event, which is part of the forthcoming Lagos Black Heritage Festival, scheduled to hold between April 8 -9, 2010, was an initiative of the present administration and its objectives are to promote water transportation and water related sports and entertainment.
The committee said the event would help create awareness in the citizenry and corporate organisations of the unique natural endowment of the state and its many opportunities and potentials.
â€œTo this end, the Lagos State government has set up a 14-man committee, with the sole responsibility of organising the First Lagos Water Regattaâ€, the statement said.
…to encourage development of SMEs
The Lagos State government has reiterated its determination to explore ways to improve and encourage the development and growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprise,Â SMEs, and also to create self-employment opportunities in the state.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, who stated this at the official opening of Fidson Healthcare Plcâ€™s corporate head office in Lagos, yesterday said SMEs are critical for the diversification and growth of the economic base of the country.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Commerce, Mr. T. O. Raji, the Governor said, â€œLagos has become a major emerging market in Sub-Sahara Africa and a destination of preference for investors.
â€œOur administration is committed to investing heavily in infrastructure that will create the platform for the desired economic growth and huge returns on the investments made by our partners. We believe that SMEs are critical for the diversification and growth of the economic base of the nation.â€
Fashola also reminded corporate and individual citizens to honour their civic obligations by paying their taxes, sayingÂ â€œit is the only way the government could manage refuse, provide education to develop the manpower that is so critical to the development and sustenance of businesses that generate profits.â€