Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the state was ready for bigger businesses for the state to take over the world in the financial and economic space.
Sanwo-Olu said the invitation extended to the Lagos State Government to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show in London was a testament to the upward economic trajectory of the state.
The governor said this in an interview with journalists on Lagos’ participation at the ongoing Lord Mayor’s Show (LMS) in London, the United Kingdom, on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Speaking on the significance of the Show to Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu, according to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, said the event would provide an avenue for the state to depict what Lagos was all about, noting that Lagos was the centre of culture, entertainment, and music in Africa.
Sanwo-Olu said: “We are at the Lord Mayor Show, and it is an opportunity for us to depict what Lagos is all about. Lagos is the largest city in Africa. It is the biggest economy that is sub-national in Africa, and all we are trying to do is to be able to let the world know that Lagos is indeed ready for bigger business.
“Lagos is a big megacity on its own right now, but we want to make it one of the international financial centres in the world. And it is only at an event like this, competing with other bigger cities and other nations that you can tell your stories. So, it is story time for us. I am leading from the front.
“Lagos is indeed ready to take over the world in the financial and economic space. We are here to truly tell both the Lagos, Nigeria, and African stories. We are truly excited to be part of this show.
“It means a lot for Lagos to be at the Lord Mayor’s Show. We are the first state to be here in the whole of Africa.
“This is the first time Nigeria is showing at the Lord Mayor Show. There have been a few other countries that have turned around. So, there is no better time, and we are in it, and we are going to make the best out of it.
“We will let other parts of the world know who we are and understand our culture; understand that we are the centre of culture, entertainment and music in the whole of Africa and for people to also know what we have to give to the world.”