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Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013
During the weekend Lagos State Government listed the gains of its countdown programme initiated in December 2012, noting that about N1 billion was pumped into the state economy as a result of the programme.
Consequently, the state government went on to unveil the 2013 edition of the Lagos Countdown, which it said, would kick off on December 7 at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island and come to an end on January 1, 2014.
The Managing Director of Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA), Mr. George Noah, said this in a statement, stressing that the countdown programme “is about instituting an enduring crossover tradition, commerce, employment generation, leisure, entertainment and tourism.”
He explained that the Lagos countdown “is a world-class celebration of the end of one year
and the beginning of another in the state. It was conceived by Governor Babatunde Fashola, in order to put Lagos on the global map in the league of such cities as New York, Dubai, London, Sydney, and other major destinations that commemorate the cross over into the new year.”
The managing director acknowledged that the 2012 edition attracted about N1 billion to the state, noting that the fund “was pumped into the state economy as a result of the countdown. About 1,000 people were employed including caterers, retailers, entertainers and security personnel.”
He said the Bar Beach attracted over 200,000 people in ten days and that is what the LASAA “is doing on behalf of the state government – leveraging the proposition of Lagos as a premium destination for business and leisure.”