Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has revealed that the Lagos State Theatres, one of which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday will boost the creative econony and create jobs.
Speaking at the Commissioning of Lagos Theatre at Oregun which was one of the landmark projects executed by his administration,,he noted that this will go a long way in igniting the love for the arts amongst youths in Lagos
The 400 audience capacity theatre is one of the 4 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.
In his words ‘’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 also stated that the Lagos State Government’s initiative to bring theatre experience closer to more neighborhoods across the state will also generate positive excitement among the teeming youths of Lagos State.
The Lagos Theatre in Oregun like the others located at Igando, Epe and Badagry 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; Ibikunle Amosu, Ogun State, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State, Isiaka Ajimobi, Oyo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State as well as the Governor elect of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu and his deputyr 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 Peanent Secretaries and other top Government officials.