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Children’s Days: Where to Provide Fun for Your Children in Lagos

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By Ajibade Morakinyo

It is always the wish of every parent to see that innocent smile ravaging the face of their kids. However, this comes at the expense of some goodies. For example, when mummy and daddy surprise their little child with a Cinderella dress or a bicycle on a weekend, it is certain that a torrent of joy would gush out from the belly of such a child – totally immeasurable; this just on a weekend day, not to talk of during a festive period like the Children’s Day.

However, talking about such smile that follows festivities, especially on a day meant to celebrate their being – Children’s day – every parent must ensure their kids are not frowning while other kids are serenading in joy from goodies, such as bouncing castle, children’s ride, video game, movies and other kids favourite. Aside the fun from these activities, these will help build their self-confidence thereby, terminating the chances of depression.

Children easily feel inferior to their peers, and this leads to depression, when they can’t have fun like other children are doing or when their parents can’t take them out. In order to avoid tragic emotional accident happening to your kids, there are places in Lagos you can take them to, and definitely joy will find them this Children’s Day. In these places, you can also participate (but not to fullest) with them, so as to build more intimacy between you and your kids with as low N1000 as gate fee or even free

Among these places are;

Dreamworld Africana

Dreamworld Africana is located in Lekki, and has activities that children of all ages can enjoy ranging from fun, leisure and adventure at its best. The bumper cars are a major attraction for children and parents. Its roller coaster ride is ideal for the entire family. Though, some rides require an age limit, there is a toddler play area.

In this fun filled place, you can also sit and enjoy a meal while your children are entertained. There are various options here, it is indeed the ultimate place for wholesome children and family fun.

Mindscapes Museum

This is a children’s museum located at Plot 1A, Block 3, Michael Olawale Cole Drive, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. Children love this museum because they get to roleplay as builders in a construction site, run a restaurant with toy foods, banker in the bank with customized ATM and money, go shopping, and many other activities to get creative.

Children come here to explore, get artistic, and it is designed to engage children through the exploration of their five senses. This creates experiences for them so instead of regular ancient relics, you will find life-like models, and hands-on exhibits that are created for children to touch and play with.

Klub de lag

This is another fun destination in Lagos for children and parents’ leisure, and located at 10A Babafemi Osoba Crescent, Lekki Phase 1. It offers a wide range of activities including bowling, mini-golf, and kids play station. This place offers wall climbing and ice skating activities, so to make it livelier to children.

There is also a toddler’s arena and a safe swimming pool area. There’s a VIP Lounge where older people can relax.

GET Arena

Get Arena provides a typical example of a break from the norm. It is located at Plot 6 Abila Onriu /BIS way, off Ozumba Mbadiwe, Oniru Estate, Lekki, Lagos. The one and only place with state of the art go-kart track which surrounds the building, and only all-encompassing entertainment, corporate, social, and fun establishment.

The kart track is loved by people who admire the thrill of being whizzed around in karts. There is a restaurant that serves quite tasty foods, while you watch your children smile from whizzing high speed ride in an unassailable experience.

Funtopia Leisure Resort

Funtopia Leisure Resort is one of the leading amusement parks and spots for family outings in Lagos, and located at KM 35, Epe Expressway, Off Pan African University, Lagos. It is an amazing place designed to woo children and even adults. With swimming, games, bouncy castles, carousels and much more, the resort offers a wide array of exciting activities to choose from.

Funland Limited

Funland is a recreational and entertainment park for kids with facilities that include toys, games, bouncy castles, train rides, carousels and so many other creative and interactive games for children and adults.

Movie Cinemas

Seeing movies are always a fun time to hang out with children and parents, especially when they see their favourite Hollywood heros and heroines on big screen. Genesis Cinemas is located at the Palms and City Mall Onikan and Silverbird are some of the cinemas in Lagos which can give your kids a wonderful abd memorable children’s day.

Beaches

If your kids lack aquaphobia then you can consider beaches in Lagos a place to see your children smile. The likes of Elegushi beach, Oniru beach, Lekki beach, Kuramo beach, Eleko beach, Tarkwa Bay, La Campagne Tropicana beach resort and so on will do justice to this. The gate fees are usually not more than N2000 with a few exceptions to the exclusive ones. Please, ensure caution is taken when you take your kids to beaches and be sure not to allow them to go too close to the water without adult supervision. Moreover, every individual must be mindful of the sea wave at the beach.

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New Naira Notes: Emefiele Finally Appears Before House of Reps

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has finally appeared before the House of Representatives which summoned him over the crisis caused by the redesign of some naira notes and the exchange of old naira notes with new ones by the populace.

Emefiele is appearing before the ad hoc committee set up by the House to investigate the crisis, which is chaired by Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, was to issue a warrant for Emefiele’s arrest over his repeated failures to answer at least four summons from the House.

The House had shelved its plan to go on break for the presidential and National Assembly elections, which was to commence on Thursday, over the CBN governor’s failure to answer the last summons issued to him by the committee.

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Protesting Youths Attack, Haul Stones at Buhari’s Convoy in Kano

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Despite assurances given by Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, some angry youths in the state, on Monday, hauled stones at the advance convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari, during an official visit to Kano.

Security had been beefed up across the Kano metropolis as the President visited the state to inaugurate eight development projects.

The President arrived at the Aminu Kano International airport in the morning and from there, he was conveyed by helicopter to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero.

However, in spite of the heavy security presence mounted on the routes leading to Ahmadu Bello Way where the President was to launch Galaxy Backbone Limited’s project, angry youths holding stones of various sizes and wielding sticks reportedly attacked Buhari’s convoy and helicopter as it hovered above them.

Videos circulated on social media showed the moment the irate youths pelted stones at the helicopter believed to be conveying the President.

One video showed citizens angrily struggling with some unidentified security agents while a convoy made its way through their midst.

Another video showed a road littered with stones while teargas canisters were being fired to disperse the angry mob.

The Punch observed as the protesting youths shouted “ba ma yi” (down with you) and ran helter-skelter to avoid being caught by heavily armed security operatives who provided security for the President and his convoy.

Besides Hotoro and a few other projects that were inaugurated, the President’s chopper was parked at the Emir’s palace, from where he proceeded to Kumbotso Local Government to inaugurate the 10 megawatts solar power projects.

However, the President’s trip to Kumbotso did not record any attack by any mob, as he was sandwiched by security operatives, who comprised heavily armed soldiers aboard motorised Toyota Hilux and was also supported by armed mobile police special forces.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had recently in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, asked Buhari to postpone his planned trip to inaugurate some projects in the state.

Ganduje said in the statement that the naira redesign and January 31 deadline for old notes had brought hardship on residents of the state, adding that the development made people angry.

“Deeply concerned with the hardship caused by the limited time given for halting the use of old naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria, and for security reasons, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje reveals that the state resolved and wrote to the presidency that the visit of the president to commission some projects to be postponed,”  the statement said in part.

However, Ganduje, while speaking to journalists after a meeting with Buhari in Katsina, expressed readiness to receive the president to commission the projects in the state.

“We are very much ready to receive him and we have a lot for him to commission, including Federal Government projects and state government projects. They are state-of-the-art projects,” Ganduje said.

Prior to the Ganduje episode, angry youths had attacked government officials when the President visited his home state in Katsina to inaugurate some projects on Thursday.

The youths were said to have staged the protest to express their anger against the hardship being experienced in the country.

The situation reportedly degenerated when the youths started throwing stones, causing a commotion that created tension in the area.

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NNPP Zonal Secretary Dumps Kwankwaso, Embraces Atiku

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The former North-East Zonal Secretary of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, Dr. Babayo Liman, on Sunday, said the NNPP and its presidential candidate, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, lacked the structure and capacity to rule Nigeria.

Liman who disclosed this in Jalingo, Taraba State, while addressing his supporters at a press conference, said he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party to help Atiku Abubakar win the February 25 presidential election.

“The NNPP lacks the structure to win elections. I have seen PDP as a vehicle to deliver Nigeria from the numerous challenges facing citizens. The PDP and Atiku have a structure that can win elections.

“Atiku was part of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government that recorded numerous achievements. For instance, during the PDP administration, insecurity was only in three states, now it’s everywhere. Poverty was not this much, that’s why I am following Atiku.

“Kwankwaso has proven that he can’t address the needs and yearnings of Nigerians. If he cannot handle the internal crisis in the NNPP with only 30 executives, how can he handle Nigeria with over 200 million people?

“Even among the executives, only four of us were active, the remaining members were ghosts and we never saw them, so how can such a party win elections?” he queried.

The former NNPP chieftain said as part of traditions, it was necessary for him to inform his supporters of his defection and his next move.

When asked about when he discovered that the NNPP and Kwankwaso were not the solutions to Nigeria, Liman said Kwankwaso lured them into the NNPP because of their popularity and support base in the region, but his inability to solve internal issues of the party was a clear indication that he was not ready to rule Nigeria.

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