The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said there is the need for the Federal Government to collaborate with the state to explore the potential of Badagry.
Sanwo-Olu said opening up the area could boost the commerce and tourism potentials of Badagry.
He spoke on Thursday when the Chairman, Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, led members of the organising committee of Door of Return, an annual cultural event, to pay him a courtesy visit at the State House, Marina.
The governor said Badagry had become a global brand recognised as a tourism destination in Nigeria.
He said, “The potentials in the tourism sector is enormous and that is why we have included it as part of our agenda to take Lagos to an enviable height.
“That is why we have continued to tell the Federal Government that we need to open that corridor for commerce, business and tourism.”
Sanwo-Olu said the government would provide both operational and logistic supports for the event scheduled for October to assist Africans in diaspora reunite with their ancestral home.
Earlier, Dabiri-Erewa hinted that this year’s event was to mark the 400th year since slave trade ended in Africa.
She noted that the event would afford participants the opportunity to reunite with their ancestral root, adding that at the inception of the programme three years ago, 25 returnees from Brazil, Jamaica and others attended.
“From the point of no return which was the practice over 400 years ago, we open the door of return to the continent of their ancestors. And Lagos serves as the door that has helped them to return to their ancestral root. There is a spiritual and emotional connection attached to the exercise; many that have passed through the process often come with tears,” she added