Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuff

Lagos trains 3,000 in creativity

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The Lagos State Government has said over 3,000 residents have been trained in the creative industry in the last three years.

The state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, disclosed this, according to a statement on Thursday, during a media parley held in Ikoyi.

She said, “In 2020 when we conceived the initiative to sharpen the skills of our talents in the creative industry to be able to compete effectively with their contemporaries internationally, we also decided to collaborate with acclaimed international academies like Delyork and EbonyLife Creative Academy to upskill the creative abilities of our youths.

“As we speak, we have been able to train over 3,000 in the creative industry and we already see the results of the investments of the state government in the sector. We hope the results of our initiative will grow and surpass our expectations in the future.

“Some of the major achievements of the ministry during the period under review include the preparation of a 10-year Tourism Master Plan, the release of N1bn as a palliative for members of the tourism, entertainment and creative sector to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on their businesses and approval of a 50 per cent rebate on registration and renewal fees for hospitality and tourism establishments in the year 2020 by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”

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