To sound of drums, Buhari opens Lagos Theatre
It Will Absorb Creative Minds, Create Jobs, Says Ambode
After months of working on the project, which will become the home of arts in Lagos, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, commissioned the Lagos Theatre at Oregun, with the Lagos Cultural Troupe on hand to entertain guests.
The short ceremony was part of Buhari’s official visit to the State and inauguration of major landmark projects executed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.
The 400 audience capacity theatre is one of the four theatres conceived and executed by the Administration of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in line with the vision to make Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports the center piece of development agenda for the youths and the artistically endowed.
In his welcome remark, Governor Ambode noted that the theatre is conceived as a strategy to absorb many Lagosians with the ability to be innovative and imaginative, especially the youths, as well as provide a platform for artistic expressions in film making, stage theater, poetry, dance, music and other stage performances. This according to the Governor will also set the stage for theatre experience in four strategic locations accross the state.
“The Lagos Theatre located at Oregun and replicated in other areas of the state which includes: Igando, Epe and Badagry in its first phase, is to expand arts and performance spaces in Lagos and promote a thriving creative economy within the communities where these projects are located.”
He stated that the Lagos State Government’s initiative to bring theatre experience closer to more neighborhoods across the state would also generate positive excitement among the teeming youths of Lagos State.
The Lagos Theatre in Oregun, like the others, will sit more than 400 audience comfortably with a standard furnishing, a gallery, artiste changing room, rehearsal hall, restaurant space, rest rooms, alternative power generating sets and a well-laid out car park.
The Commissioning was attended by some members of the federal executive council, presidential aides and State Governors including Ibikunle Amosu, Rotimi Akeredolu, Isiaka Ajimobi, Kayode Fayemi, as well as the Governor elect of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu and his deputy Obafemi Hamzat.
The event was also witnessed by All Progressive Congress party chieftains led by the Stare Chairman, Hon Tunde Balogun, as well as members of the State executive council, body of Permanent Secretaries and other top government officials.
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