This Day (Lagos)

15 September 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Move to Rehabilitate Monuments, Tourism Sites - kalakuta Republic Too

Determined to rehabilitate its tourism sites and monuments, the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations has commenced inspection of monuments and sites in the State with a view of making relevant recommendations to the State Government.

Some of the sites visited include, The Popular Tinubu Square, The Glover Hall, Old Daily Times office at Kakawa Street, the First Mosque in the State, site where the Pipe borne water was first commissioned in Nigeria at Enuowa, First Public Toilet in Nigeria situated at Isale Eko, and the Freedom Park Lagos among others.

Leading other officials of the Ministry during the Fact Find tour, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations, Mrs. Morounrant Alebiosu disclosed that the inspection was designed to enable the Ministry make recommendations on ways and possibilities of retuning the glory of such monuments in the State.

Alebiosu further explained that while government intends to look at ways of rehabilitating the monuments, she however assured that the originality and content of the monuments and sites will be retained.

She added that a comphrensive report and data on abandoned and uncompleted buildings will be made to government with a view of making them useful.

The SSA also revealed that the rehabilitation of the sites will boost tourism in the State, adding that the Present Administration is determined to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Lagos State. The Ministry is to continue the visits to other monument and museum in the State.

In the same vein, the Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Oladisun Holloway along with other officials of the Ministry visited the Kalakuta Republic, Shrine of the Late Afrobeat Maestro, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Reiterating government's decision to turn the shrine into a museum in order to immotalise Fela while boosting tourism on the State, Holloway expressed satisfaction with the work so far done.

Pledging government support to immortalize other deserving Nigerians, Holloway assured that the Babatunde Fashola Administration will continue to partner stakeholders in tourism to move the sector toward.

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