COVID -19: Joke Silva, Ali Baba, Others Get Lagos Special Assignment

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, (THEWILL) – The Lagos State Government has inaugurated a committee to reactivate the Tourism, Arts and Culture sector of the state.

The committee, which was inaugurated Thursday and known as the State’s Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Review Committee has veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva as its Chairman.

The Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, who inaugurated the committee in Ikeja stressed on the need for the state’s creative industry to remain active despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

Akinbile-Yusuf urged the six-member committee to work together and make recommendations to the state government on how to rejuvenate the economy especially as it concerns the tourism and the entertainment sector.

She said: “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.”

Joke Silva, the Chairman of the Committee, appreciated the state government for the opportunity and she assured that everyone will work together to generate the expected result.

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She said: “I am very lucky to have intelligent people as members of the committee because they are men and women who are very knowledgeable and passionate about the industry.

“I know that our collaboration will result in good recommendations. The creative industry has been greatly affected by COVID-19, but we will get through it.”