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Buhari opens Lagos art theatre, others

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, stormed Lagos where he declared open the new 500-seater Lagos Theatre in Oregun, Ikeja area of Lagos State for public use.

The President upon his arrival was received by the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and other governors including, Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi, KayodeFayemi, Rotimi Akeredolu, Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Obafemi Hamzat, amongst others.

Recall that the theatre is one of the five theatres built by the state government in line with its vision to use entertainment, arts and culture to boost the state’s economy.

The President, who arrived the venue at exactly 11:30a.m, after the inauguration was treated to a live dance performance by a young group of talented artists before taking his leave.

In his remark, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode said the construction of similar theatres in Igando, Badagry and Epe, all of which have been completed and ready for unveiling, was meant to harness the potential in the sector and also create employment for youths in the state.

Ambode said that the state was more than ready to take the driving seat for the development of tourism, arts and entertainment in Africa.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said that the infrastructural development, regeneration of old and creation of iconic attractions for entertainment, arts and culture enthusiasts were some of the methods used by the state to boost economic activities and improve domestic tourism.

Other projects commissioned by the President included; the reconstruction of the Oshodi International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 mass transit buses, an ultra modern 170- bed Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist hospital located within the premises of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja and The Eko Theatre.

Observers praised Governor Ambode for his achievements in the last four years in Lagos, but frowned that some of the projects did not merit commissioning by Mr. President, pointing that the Lagos University Teaching Hospital has assumed the status of a glorified maternity home.

Many expected the state government to embark on life touching projects, wondering why the State Teaching Hospital could not be scientifically equipped by the government to be able to carry out one single major operation successfully.

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