Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has lauded an international Ford Foundation for donating $600,000 (about N216million) towards the architectural design and commencement of the iconic Lagos Museum Project.
Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja while receiving a delegation from Ford Foundation led by its Executive Vice President in charge of Programs, Ms. Hilary Pennington, Governor Ambode said the two iconic tourism structures, which are in line with the vision of his administration to transform the State into world class tourist destination, would be completed within the next two to three years.
The Governor commended Ford Foundation for the confidence reposed in the State with the partnership, saying that the collaboration, coming from an internationally reputable organization such as the foundation, had served as a motivating factor for the State Government to do more for the people in the sector.
Governor Ambode said the efforts to build iconic tourism structures for the State were in line with the promise of his administration to put the State on global tourism map and use the sector to promote excellence in the State.
“All these are in line with our Project THESE which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Arts and Sports to promote Excellence in Lagos which we promised our people. I want to thank Ford Foundation for this partnership which I know will be beneficial to most Lagosians
“With the efforts of the Ford Foundation, I am inspired to get involved in putting two iconic structures within the State in the next two to three years and I believe strongly that this support will actually make us to fast-track the number of years that these projects can come into fruition,” Governor Ambode said.
Earlier, Pennington said the delegation was at Lagos House in furtherance of the partnership with the State Government on the Lagos Museum project, saying that the foundation was honoured to be collaborating with the State.