Wednesday, 3 April 2013

National Theater in Lagos to Be Turned Into a 5 Star Hotel

National Theater
If Federal Government succeeds with its plans, then The Lagos Landmark, National Threatre, which houses some Federal agencies would be turned into a five star hotel.
A 2weeks quit notice has been given to the agencies: National Council for Arts and Culture; Nigeria Gallery of Arts; National Troupe of Nigeria etc, by Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Edem Duke, to vacate the building.

The letter the minister wrote to the agencies read:

“The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, has approved the development of the National Theatre Land in accordance with the original Masterplan with infrastructures (sic) which include, but not limited to a Five-Star Hotel, Shopping Mall, Multi-Level Car Park, Land and Water Restaurant, offices.
“Consequently, a Transaction Advisor was engaged, to, among others give Transaction Advisory Services for the application of Public-Private Partnership option for the delivery of the necessary services on the land.
“Please recall that the inevitability of relocating your office was discussed at the meeting I had with you on this development on 5th of March, 2013 in Lagos.
“To this effect, you are hereby advised to relocate your office within two (2) weeks to an alternative location as suggested at the meeting, so as to pave (sic) way for the development that is to be situated where your office is currently located.
“Please note that this relocation is temporary as the structures that will eventually provide accommodation for your operations are being envisaged under the new arraignment.
“As we solicit for your understanding and cooperation, we assure you that the efforts of the government in providing these infrastructural facilities as complementary to the National Theatre, as it is with other Theatres in other parts of the world will be a thing of pride when completed. Please accept the assurances of my best regards.”
The National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos Mainland was inaugurated on September 30, 1976 (37 years).
For more details, see the Nation newspaper.

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