Lagos Governor vows to transform Badagry

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Government has perfected plans to massively transform Nigeria’s border town of Badagry in the next eighteen months with the construction of a 500-seater Arts Theatre and a Cinema in January 2017.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who announced the government’s plan to enhance the tourism potentials of the town, maintained that the facelift would in no small measure create jobs for the youths and the people of the ancient town.

At the on-going One Lagos Fiesta, the Governor told the crowd at Badagry Secondary School that his administration had earmarked a lot of projects for the town in 2017.

“Our plan is for people to live, work and play in Badagry, I know that there are lots of youths in Badagry and we have decided thatthroughout next year, we are coming to do a lot of projects in Badagry that will bring out all the tourism potentials of Badagry; to start with, next month, we are coming to construct a 500-seater Arts Theatre and a Cinema just opposite the General Hospital, you already see what
is going on at the Badagry Marina, it will create a lot of jobs for all of you but more importantly, I want you to take advantage of the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) that we have created, we believe all of us that are out of job for now, we have designed a way through which you can have access to the ETF so that you can create jobs among yourselves,”
Ambode stressed.

In the same vein, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Badagry Constituency 1, Olanrewaju Layode, commended the State Government for spreading the fiesta across the five divisions of the State, saying the initiative was a commendable way of positively engaging the youths.

He said the fiesta had brought the people of Badagry together, and that it was a thing of joy that what people used to travel long distances to enjoy was being brought to them free of charge by the State Government.

Some of the notable artists that performed at the fiesta include Olu Maintain, Jazzman Olofin, Mayokun, Idris Abdulkareem, YCee, Guiter Man, Voice Olorun, Rabi Traditional Dance, among others.

Badagry is a gateway town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. The town houses Nigeria’s first storey building and a slave port which was a ‘point of no return’ a dreaded site in the era of slave trade before Nigeria’s independence.