The Atlanta – Lagos Sister Cities Committee in collaboration with the Lagos Island East, Local Council Development Area has put all machinery in motion to use the sister cities relationship between the cities of Lagos, Nigeria and Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America to generates developmental projects for Lagos Island in the areas such as tourism traffic, provision of medical support such as equipment for health centres being managed by the Local Government, provision of educational materials and tools for primary schools within the development area, cultural and education exchange programs for the benefits of the citizens of Lagos Island amongst others.
According to the Executive Secretary of Atlanta- Lagos Sister Cities Committee, Agunloye Adewunmi Bashiru, the newly elected Mayor (Chairman) of Lagos Island East , Local Council Development Area, Kamal Salau-Bashua is passionate about making the collaborative efforts a success.
Mayor Salau-Bashua, he said, is very keen with the joint efforts and supportive in making sure that the necessary logistic to kicks start the process of achieving the set objective are put in place.
Agunloye said there abound in Lagos Island many historical monuments and tourists attraction that includes ; the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina built in 1946, Shitta – Bey Mosque on Martins Street built in 1892, the Water House on Kakawa Street owned by Candido Joao Da Rocha built in 1895, Tinubu Square (formerly Independence Square), Oba of Lagos Palace popularly known as (Iga Idungaran) and many other attraction.
“We are in discussion with our counterpart in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America to generates tourist traffic to Lagos Island to see the culture of our people, Lagos Island foods, monuments and other tourists attractions”.
Atlanta- Lagos Sister Cities Committee , one of the oldest members of the 17 cities relationships worldwide that make up the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, is part of the Sister Cities International whose primary mission is the promotion of better international relations and understanding between United States of America Cities and other Cities of the World through people to people programs that revolve around the axis of social, educational, economic, trade, cultural and technological exchanges. All the above mentioned is being executed through the Local Government.
Through this organization, a framework for the world network of Sister Cities can be developed. The implication for Lagos Island, Lagos State and, ipso facto, Nigeria can be monumental. It transcends governmental constraints and operatives and as such can be a potent force for various countries involved in the relationship.