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Akiolu alleges protesters stole $2m, N17m from palace

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We are committed to promoting culture, rebuild Lagos, insists Sanwo-Olu

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, yesterday, alleged that the #EndSARS protesters stole $2 million and N17 million from his palace.

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Akiolu stated this during the Glover Hall Memorial commissioning in Lagos.

Meanwhile, briefly before commissioning the hall, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the remodelling of the hall reflected the determination of his administration to rebuild Lagos as well as promote the entertainment and tourism sector.

He said the state government would not neglect Lagos real identity as it would not relent in its efforts to make the creative industry, as well as entertainment and tourism, thrive. He said a committee would be set up to manage the edifice.

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He acknowledged and commended the creative performances at the event, saying the edifice was a formidable bridge between the past and future as the industry is the strength of the youths of the nation.

Sanwo-Olu also inspected the J.K. Randle Park, which he said would soon be turned into a world-class Museum Centre.

He noted that his administration would fulfil promises on the THEMES agenda, which included building 15 boat terminals, hospital and creating a medical ecosystem in the health sector, provision of quality education and technology, collaborating with stakeholders to train entertainment professionals and as well rebuild the National Arts Theatre.

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In her welcome address, the state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the edifice being commissioned was a testimonial to the commitment of Sanwo-Olu to relentlessly pursue all the six developmental agenda, saying that the restored Glover Hall was a boost for the fifth pillar of the agenda.

The commissioner said the foundation stone of the first Glover Hall was laid in 1887 on a piece of land that was donated by the legendary trader and activist, Efunroye Tinubu, as a memorial to the works of Sir John Hawley Glover, who was the Governor of the Colony of Lagos from 1864-1872 and in 1961, an agreement was reached with Messrs. G. Cappa to demolish the old hall, which was situated on the Marina, and construct a new one while the present building was erected in 1962.

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