By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule has stated that the just concluded 3 day Rasheed Gbadamosi Eko Art Expo organised by the State government is aimed at using tourism, entertainment and the creative art to boost the economy of the state.
She stated this on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the 3 day Creative arts and Exhibition event held at the Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos
Adebule noted that the exhibition is a further demonstration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to run an all inclusive government where everyone is a major stakeholder and have freedom to contribute to the social, economic and political growth of the state.
The deputy governor promised that the state government will work towards making the expo an annual event to sustain and maintain an enduring relationship with the arts sector so as to harness to the fullest its economic benefits and assist in the development of the state.
While promising the state government’s support for genuine innovations and creativity that can enhance individual development, the deputy governor called on more artists and exhibitors to come on board and take full advantage of enabling environment provided by the state government to develop their potentials.
She applauded the organizing committee for allowing student artists to showcase their artwork alongside top and already established artists, noting that the efforts will not only serve as a morale booster for students but encourage them to do better..
Speaking on the success of the event, Commissioner for Overseas Affairs and Investments. Prof Ademola Abass, said the expo was primarily put together to commemorate the passion and dedication of Late Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi to the arts and also to recognize his contributions to the development of the state especially his commitment to Lagos State @50 celebration, which he was a co Chairman.
Prof. Abbas further informed that the Eko art expo is the beginning of series of activities and events lined up for the lagos @ 50 celebration coming up in May this year.