The Lagos state government today announced the appointment of Nollywood Veteran Joke Silva as the head of the COVID-19 pandemic review committee. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the state commissioner for tourism, arts and culture, inaugurated the committee yesterday at Alausa Ikeja.
According to her, members of the committee are expected to make recommendations to the state government on ways to rejuvenate its economy, particularly the tourism and entertainment industry, which has been affected by the pandemic.“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 appreciated the state government for the opportunity, assuring that all the appointees will work together to achieve the expected results. “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.”
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