Babatunde Raji Fashola, the governor of Lagos State, yesterday, slammed the reported attempt by the Federal Government to transform the National Theatre into a five star hotel, saying “stop wiping away history.”
In view of the situation on ground, the governor warned all property owners whose structure had turned to hideout for criminals, to develop it or risk losing such buildings to the government. The governor, who spoke at the 2nd Lagos Corporate Assembly held at the Lekki Free Zone, LFZ, Ibeju-Lekki Local Council Development Area, LCDA, on BRF Meets Business, said the sale of the edifice would lead to erasing a heritage that had lasted for years.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had earlier issued a circular to the occupants of the 36-year-old edifice, to vacate the place within two weeks.
He said: “I heard that the National Theatre is up for sale. And I wondered which kind of people offer to buy the edifice and how they make the money. “If someone, who had visited the country in 1977 for FESTAC ’77, come back and wanted to see the National Theatre, we would then say that it has been turned to a hotel.”