NPA to turn lighthouses into tourist attractions

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is considering going into partnership with some companies in the management of lighthouses for tourism purposes.

Mr Olumide Omotoso, Assistant General Manager (Hydro and Dredging), NPA), said this yesterday in Lagos, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). NAN reports that a lighthouse is a strategically placed coastal building, often a tall round tower, with a flashing light designed to guide sailors or warn them of dangers.

Lighthouses are no longer being used in Nigerian ports due to the introduction of buoys – large anchored floats, often equipped with lights or bells that serve as a guide or warning to ships.

Omotoso said that lighthouses could be turn into national heritages and boost tourism, adding that the NPA had renovated them in an effort to make them tourist attractions.

“The lighthouse with its big structure and revolving light can be developed here into a heritage as it is done in other parts of the world.

“It can serve as a historic piece because the structure is not modified; it remains the same, with its original unique features.

“Lighthouses are in all our ports. In Lagos, the old lighthouse is right in Takwa Bay; we have them in Bonny, Calabar and Warri,” Omotoso noted. He said that making lighthouses tourist attractions would educate people on the importance of aids to navigation and maritime safety.

“When people go to the lighthouses for tourism purposes, they will learn the importance of aids to navigation,” he said. The assistant general manager, however, did not disclose when the partnership will start.

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