The Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, Absisogun II, has advised the management of Hilton Group International to come and discover opportunities that exist in Iru Kingdom, which will further develop its tourism sector.
Oba Lawal gave the proposal in Lagos over the weekend when he welcomed the management of Hilton Group International and Africa Alliance Group led by the Managing Director, Hilton Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Mr Andrew McLachlan and Chairman, African Alliance Group, Mr Gregory Ozegbe.
The monarch explained that the kingdom was concern in developing the tourism sector with hospitality at the centre. He added that his kingdom is prepared to support investors with the necessary tools needed to create a booming environment for business.
He pointed that his intention and vision for the development of the kingdom in tourism, technology and social intervention has been encapsulated in a document titled: ‘Let’s Grow Iru Land Together’ – #LEGILT would assist Hilton Group in identifying areas for collaboration.
“The kingdom has demonstrated the wherewithal to ensure that Nigeria is a good economic centre for West Africa. The kingdom hosts 40 per cent of the people in the formal economy in Lagos, be it financial institutions, hospitality, businesses, even oil companies and other companies in the communications industry.
“We believe that Lagos is the commercial hub of Nigeria and Iru Kingdom is the financial hub of Lagos, and that means without this kingdom, there is no Lagos.
“The investment climate is robust. I am sure that you have done your research and realised that people who have invested here have continued to thrive. You know of Eko Atlantic City which is also within the kingdom; by the time it comes on board, this entire area will have to catch up and tag along and in doing this, we want foreign and local investors to be on standby for when the city will fully begin operating with opportunities,” Oba Lawal said.
McLachlan agreed that Iru kingdom was tactically situated to actually develop a fantastic urban hotel which would be a great environment to meet for business, as well as the ability to provide relaxation activities on weekends because of its unique location on the Atlantic Ocean.
Ozegbe expressed pleasure that the Oniru of Iru Land was accommodating and eager to give a supporting hand to the group in exploring the business potential in Iru Kingdom.