In the midst of the pandemonium witnessed across Nigeria which has taking a global dimension following the #ENDSARS protest, Epe Ancient City Tourism, a platform meant to promote tourism potentials and business opportunities in Epeland, projecting its good image to the world, has engaged youths in the region on the importance of craft making.
The weeklong workshop which kicked off Monday 19th – 23rd October and tagged “Waste To Wealth” was hosted by the Supervisor for Environment & Tourism of Epe Local Government, Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun and was sponsored by the honourable Abiodun Tobun representing Epe Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
According to Princess Animashaun, some notable things have been recorded by the organization noting that activities carried out within the short period include; hosting of the Association of Women in Tourism business and tour operators, presentation at the 2020 World Tourism Day organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism on September 27th through a Zoom conference where Epe was highly projected and emphasis was more on the fish market at (Oluwo market).
She noted that during her presentation, Oluwo market was seen as the fish hub of Lagos. The third (3) activity done by Epe Ancient City Tourism was the just concluded workshop at Court Hall, Ita-Opo, Epe where a Hundred (100)plus youths and women were trained in craft skills to make them bosses of themselves which in turn will create more job opportunities and indirectly affect the local economy of the Epeland.
According to her the workshop was initially planned for three (3) days before the protest in the country but was later extended to make it a weeklong program that was tactically used to engage the youths which took most of them off the street during the protest.
The participants were divided into two departments and further sub divided into three (3) groups. The two departments – Coconut and Tyre involve the creation of crafts from the use of coconut as their raw materials and the other department created different chairs and tables from the used Tyres.
The weeklong workshop was well attended by all participants and was well managed by the organizers.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun who attended the workshop on the final day of the event, Friday 23rd at about 12:00noon, with his entourage infused more passion among participants at the event.
After observing the series of activities on the last day, the participants later exhibited all they have been doing from day one of the workshop to the last day. At the exhibition stand, Hon. Abiodun Tobun made it known to participants that the initiative was brought to him by Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun and because he saw the passion in her to develop and promote tourism of Epeland, he had no choice as a representative of the good people of Epe to support anything good for the growth of the land.
He stressed further, that he will support anywhere the organizers make available as a business hub for the participants with needed equipment and which he fulfilled immediately on the spot.
Certificate of participation was presented to each of the participants alongside a token for transportation to their various destinations. In appreciation of the kind gesture from Hon. Abiodun Tobun, the participants of both Coconut & the Tyre departments jointly presented some of their products created at the workshop to him through the host and initiator of the workshop Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun.
Hon. Tobun further appreciated the participants with more cash prizes and promised his continuous support to the organizers on their subsequent activities to the benefit of Epeland.
In the same vein, the facilitator of the workshop and the team leader from Badagry who also doubled as the Supervisor for the Environment & Tourism of the Badagry Local Government, Hon. Apata Samson Nunayon explained in details the opportunities that surrounds the tourism industry to the participants and encourage them to put all they learned into practice noting that craft is one of the major tourism products that attracts daily incomes.