26 May 2009

Nigeria: Sarius Palmetum Gardens Debut in Abuja

Mrs. (Dr.) Ajoke Murtala Mohammed, wife of late Head of State, on Saturday commissioned the Sarius Palmetum and Botanical Gardens located off Ibrahim Babangida Way, Maitama, Abuja.

Conducting journalists round the garden on Thursday, General Manager of Adcity, the media consultancy firm for the garden, Godwin Okon, said the former first lady, the Initiator of the garden, will same day also inaugurate the Palm Society of Nigeria.

H e said the piece of land where the garden is located, an undulating terrain with lots of lush trees and young plants, was allocated to Mrs. Ajoke Mohammed by former FCT Minister, Mal. Nasir el-Rufai, and work on the garden started eighteen months ago.

Mr. Okon said the Sarius Palmetum will have facilities such as nurseries, gazebo, office complex, football pitch,restaurant, food court, chalets, spa, and a meditation centre similar to the one in Obudu Cattle Ranch, which Mrs. Mohammed also built.

He said the opening ceremony is slated for 10am to 1pm on Saturday while the place will be free for the public from 2pm to 6pm, thereafter a small token shall be charged non-members.

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