Lagos to transform state cultural centre

The Lagos State Government has plans to reconstruct the council and transform it into a world-class tourists destination.This statement was made by Mrs Saidat Otulana, the Director, Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture said.

Otulana told journalists on Wednesday in Lagos that the council upon completion would be a veritable platform for the expression of the totality of arts.

She said that the council’s name would be changed to Lagos State Cultural Museum of Arts from the present Lagos State Council of Arts and Culture. He said that the project was earmarked for completion in two years’ time.

She said that the edifice would house a gallery for the exposition of arts and crafts from Lagos State, with a museum, food court, theme park, arts and crafts shops, theatres, among others.

The director said that opportunities would be opened to artistes for filmmaking, film premiering, stage plays and musical launches.

“The theme park will interest the children as we need to catch the children young, they should know about our arts and crafts,” she said.

Otulana commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for his relentless effort in ensuring that Lagos State became a one stop shop for tourists.

“I appreciate the governor for his efforts in trying to boost tourism in the state through the grooming arts and crafts and installing some monuments across the state.

“There are plans to erect 19 iconic monuments at strategic locations within the state and statues of Jakande, Tinubu, Awolowo and two others will be erected right in front of the state House of Assembly.

Hon. Desmond Elliot, Chairman, House Committee on Arts, Culture and Tourism, Lagos House of Assembly, said that the idea was a beautiful one as it would enhance the activities of artists.

The Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture was established in 1973 with the vision to make Lagos State the heartbeat of the Nigerian culture through positive enunciation and implementation of the Nigerian cultural policy in its entirety.

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