22 February 2013

Nigeria: Lagos Plans Holiday Market for Badagry

The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangements to construct a holiday market in Badagry, Mr Ashamu Fadipe, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations, said.

Fadipe, who made the disclosure in Badagry, Lagos State during the week, explained that the holiday market, which would be constructed at the Badagry Marina, would have hotel resorts, and amusement parks, amongst others.

"The Lagos State Government plans to expand the Badagry Marina and the purpose is to build a holiday market where there will be hotel resorts, amusement park and other facilities," he said.

Fadipe also said that the state government had commenced the rehabilitation of historic sites in the town.

He said, "The state government has started the rehabilitation of a museum constructed at the Slave Market and it will be called Badagry Slave Museum.

"Also, the history of slave trade would be highlighted, particularly the one that has to do with the marketing of slaves around the world.

"We would highlight that of Badagry, Republic of Benin, Congo and others, including Brazil, USA, amongst others," he said.

The permanent secretary said that the rehabilitation of the museum would start very soon.

Fadipe revealed that the government would also beautify the slave route to make it more attractive.

"The contractors would start work on the slave route and the purpose of the rehabilitation is to make the route beautiful.

"Back in the days, the slave route was the path through which slaves were taken to the point of no return and the government is trying to make it more attractive," he said.

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