Lagos, Nov. 13, 2017 (TNE) The six theatres, dubbed Eko Theatres, under construction in Lagos State will be ready for use next year, Commissioner for Information Steve Ayorinde has assured.
The theatres are located in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja, Igando and Lagos Island.
Ayorinde, who spoke at the All African Music Award (AFRIMA) 2017 in Lagos, said that the building is aimed at boosting tourism and entertainment in the state.
He said that three of the theatres would be commissioned in the first quarter of 2018 ahead of the third anniversary of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.
“Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode is passionate about it: He visited the construction site of one of the theatres in Badagry last week and it is about 65 per cent completion level; same thing we have in Alomosho and Ikorodu.
“There are six of them in the state, but we are sure that the first three will be ready for inauguration before the next democracy day May 29, 2018.
“The opening will be used to commemorate the third anniversary of the administration, so we are putting much energy in it to have them completed,’’ he said.
Ayorinde said that other three would be ready by December 2018, adding that Ambode is ready to make tourism and entertainment the hallmark of his administration.
“We are committed to the new economy because we all know what entertainment and tourism brings to the table when it comes to revenue and income generation,’’ he said.
Ayorinde said that AFRIMA 2017 is in sync with the vision of the present administration in the state, adding that the state welcomes activities that will boost its economy.
“AFRIMA fits in well to what the governor has in his vision. Gone are the days when people were salivating for oil and gas or agriculture.
“The scope has changed now and everybody is talking about the new economy and there is none other than entertainment industry in which we have music, arts, photography and the rest.
“The state will always welcome activities like this to boost the economy of the state which has been our focus. AFRIMA clearly fits into our vision, so also are AMA awards and others.
“We want to use this new economy to create jobs and to create opportunities to drive the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Lagos State,’’ he said.
The fourth edition of AFRIMA, a Pan African musical show supported by the African Union, was held from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 in Lagos.