…summit will boost investments opportunity in Badagry – official
The Badagry Convention and Visitors Agency (BCV Agency) says it has concluded plans to hold the maiden edition of Badagry Economic Summit on March 23rd and 24th 2017, with the theme: Unleashing Investment Opportunities around Historic and Coastal Zones of Epe and Badagry.
Dr Temidayo Hephzibah, the Director, Marketing and Administration of the Agency disclosed this while discussing with journalists during pre-summit briefing.
He said that Badagry Economic Summit is a bi-annual conference that puts together stakeholders from all works of life in the private and public sector.
“The summit is to open to the world the investment opportunity abound in Badagry and for deliberations on how best to harness and explore the investment potential around Badagry economy, ” he said.
According to him, Badagry Convention and Visitors Agency (BCV Agency) was formally established in August 2016 to market Badagry as a destination.
He added that the utmost aim of the agency was to bring economic growth to the people of Badagry and its environs. He said, “Badagry Economic Summit is a bi-annual platform established by Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau to create economic opportunities surrounding the ancient city blessed with several natural economic endowments.
“This Summit is designed to bring together corporate organisations and individuals to share ideas about Badagry opportunities. Epe become part of the maiden edition of the summit because of its similarity in terms of history, location and resources.
“The main objective of the summit is to provide direction into the reality of making Badagry an international market hub for investment and leisure activities. The summit will also bring together regional and international industry experts including investors to discuss investments opportunities around Badagry and other coastal neighbourhood of Lagos state such as Epe axis.
“Deep sea port investment naturally attracts a huge number of business activities ranging from logistic park operations, bonded terminals, and so forth. This is the best time every maritime and logistics operator in West Africa should position themselves to be key players in what is to be Africa’s largest sea port in Badagry,” Dr Temidayo added.
Mr Ashamu Sewanu Fadipe, the Bureau’s Chief Executive said that top tourism experts and investors were being mobilised for the summit to explore investment opportunities in the area.
Fadipe said that the summit would showcase the abundant investment opportunities in Badagry so as to lure investors and tourists to the area.
“There is no doubt that investment opportunities abound in Badagry, we have all it takes for investors to invest in.
“The community is blessed with rich historical and cultural heritage, crude oil, serene beaches, coconut plantation, seaport and massive land for development.
“If all these potentials are properly utilised, it will boost the economy of Badagry and increase the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of Lagos State.
“At a time like this in Nigeria when government calls for opinion on economic diversification with focus on tourism, federal government of Nigeria will be glad to see leadership direction that harnesses tourism economic potentials in Badagry as a model to replicate tourism investment in order parts of the country,” he said.