The Federal Government says it will take possession of the National Theartre from contractors handling its renovation and reconstruction from the 4th of November, 2022.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made this known in Arusha, Tanzania while interacting with newsmen on the outcome of the 65th United Nations World Tourism Organizations UNWTO, Commission For Africa Meeting.
The Minister of Information and Culture said one of his major reasons for attending the meeting was to inform UNWTO and his tourism and culture counterparts that Nigeria was ready to host them next month.
”I have had very successful meetings with the UNWTO Secretary General and some of the Ministers in charge of tourism and culture in their various countries and they all indicated interest to be in Lagos next month, some even promised to come with their troupes.” Lai Mohammed said
The Global Conference on tourism, culture and the creative industries is scheduled to hold from 14th to the 16th of November 2022 at the National Theatre, Lagos, Nigeria.
Cost of renovation
Renovation on the theatre which cost over N40bn started in 2021.
In December 2021, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele; and the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, expressed satisfaction with the level of renovation work carried out at the National Arts Theatre.
In a statement, the Apex Bank said major works had been achieved since the project’s commencement last year.
”the over N40bn investment committed to the project by the Bankers’ Committee is expected to deliver far-reaching benefits to the Nigerian economy and supports the initiatives of the Federal Government to grow the creative industry and provide jobs to Nigeria’s youth population”, the statement read.
The statement added that the contractors, had followed a rigorous project plan, create new service routes, and remodeled some of the interior spaces.
Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu