By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State House of Assembly has promised to partner with the state branch of Road Transport Employers’ of Nigeria, RTEAN with the hope to boost tourism development ahead of Lagos at 50 celebration.
Making the disclosure is the Chairman, House Committee on Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr. Desmond Elliot during a courtesy call to RTEAN Lagos State Secretariat with members of his committee while on oversight function to Badagry, Epe and Akodo resort centre recently.
The lawmaker said, “Transportation is key to tourism because tourists need to be transported from one point to the other”. He said the Committee decided to acknowledge the importance of RTEAN in the State, especially now that “Lagos at 50 celebration is nearer”.
Welcoming the Committee, Alhaji Musa Muhammed, the State Chairman of RTEAN applauded the Committee saying, it was the first time any arm of government or its agencies deemed it fit to visit its secretariat.
“We have never been recognised except during election because we have 20,000 members that are eligible voters in Lagos State”, he said.
He added that RTEAN is ready in any way possible to support the government and its policies but was quick to complain that they were officially given 52 garages in six Local government areas and local council development areas in the State but none is operational.
A Member of the Committee and the Chairman, House Committee on Central Business District – CBD, Hon. Victor Akande said, “Transportation cuts across other Committees, so we need your assistance and collaboration, we will in turn come together to assist you”.
Other members present at the occasion, Hon. Solaja-Saka Nurudeen, Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology, Hon. Fatai Oluwa and Hon. Jude Idimogu commended Lagos RTEAN leadership for being organised and coordinated.
Elliot promised that they will inform the House leadership who will assist to communicate their plight to the appropriate quarters for earnest solution of the garage challenges”.
He reiterated that Lagos Branch of RTEAN contributions to the development of the State is not in doubt.