Lagos inaugurates Ketu Peace park, commits youths to progress
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, inaugurated a new public recreational park in Ketu area of the state, with the facility symbolising the commercial city’s constant crave for enduring harmony.
Strategically located at the intersection between Ikorodu Road and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Agboyi Ketu axis, Peace Park, is made up of three uniquely designed gardens with interconnecting walkways. The park sits on 25,700 square metres, with soft and hard landscaping elements.
Developed by Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), the recreation ground offers a welcoming aesthetic and relaxing ambience for leisure and located opposite M.K.O Abiola Garden and has easy access for visitors.
Sanwo-Olu said the Peace Park represented a new era of harmony in the state, noting that the facility symbolised the collective spirit of law-abiding Lagosians toiling daily to promote peace and progress.
He said: “We made the promise less than a year ago that we would build this Peace Park, which would be a place that will bring all of us together. This project was conceived to be a symbol that will further strengthen our unity, diversity and the sense of equity that we share as residents of this state. We are here today to hand over the facility for public use and this is another example that, when we make a promise, we will fulfil it.”
Sanwo-Olu said the beautification project was part of the elaborate urban renewal plan of his administration, stressing that the development was being complemented with rehabilitation of major roads within the area.
He charged young people to use the facility with a sense of responsibility and maintain the infrastructure put in place to make the park conducive for visitors.
Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, said the concept of the park’s master plan was a unique vision that incorporated scenic landscapes, recreational facilities for children and adults, plants and trees to facilitate community engagement and social interactions.
General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs. Ade Popoola, listed the attractive ornaments in the park to include, neatly arranged decorative plants, various species of trees, monuments including an iconic Lagos chair, an art mural wall, restrooms and secured parking area. There is also a security post at the facility.
Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Lagos, Comrade Biliamin Oba, extolled the governor for prioritising youth development and inclusion in programmes of the Government.