Some fun seekers in Kuje Area Council, FCT, on Friday called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the Council to establish more recreation parks and gardens in the community.
Speaking in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kuje, they claimed that the absence of recreation facilities made living in the community boring.
Ibrahim Sani, a fun seeker, said it was disappointing for a town like Kuje with rapid growth in population not to have fun facilities, adding that the community was not supposed to lack fun spots.
According to him, the absence of a park is the reason people usually leave Kuje town during festive seasons, saying that there is a need for more recreation spots in the area.
“Kuje is not supposed to lack recreation facilities that will bring people together, especially during a period like this.
“It kills our joy here, when we leave the satellite town to the central area just to catch fun and celebrate with our loved ones.
“People love to have fun, so when you do not have a place to relax within your community you become miserable.
“Most people who go to villages do so because there is no place to relax and have fun in their place of residence,” he said.
Sule Lamordi, another fun seeker, said that parks and gardens had a way of uniting the people of a particular entity and creating lasting memories that would stand the test of time.
Lamordi also appealed to both government and individuals to build recreation facilities in the satellite town to enhance social development in the area.
“When you go to big towns, there is no dull moment for fun seekers, you can go swimming, play music in gardens, meet people of different characters, these are the things that make people happy in communities,” he said.
SANWO-OLU PRESENTS N200 MILLION NAIRA INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO FILM-MAKERS
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has presented cheques to thirty-nine film-makers, who are beneficiaries of special interest-free loans being managed by the Lagos State Creative Initiative (LACI), under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos Island, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, disclosed that a nine-man committee comprising Veteran Film Makers and some senior Government officials headed by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, was set up last year with the mandate to identify struggling filmmakers that could be empowered with grants and seed fund for film production purposes.
According to the Governor, the aim of the initiative is to address financial challenges that inhibit quality film production in Lagos and Nigeria.
His words: “This initiative and presentation of cheques being done today is a testament to our commitment to ensure the potentials of the entertainment industry are realised”.
“I congratulate the beneficiaries who are receiving their cheques today. I am convinced that your proposals and plans must have been really compelling and convincing to earn the approval of the Committee”.
Sanwo-Olu admonished the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the loans and pay them back within the stipulated time to enable others access the fund.
While giving her opening remarks, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, revealed that before the establishment of the revolving loan for filmmakers, the Governor had made various interventions to ameliorate the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on business owners in the hospitality, entertainment and tourism sector.
The Commissioner said: “Mr. Governor constituted a Palliative Review Committee headed by Nollywood veteran actress, Joke Silva, which proposed a one billion Naira immediate intervention for the various stakeholders. Following Mr. Governor’s approval, the Ministry subsequently presented cheques to some of the beneficiaries at the maiden edition of Lagos Tourism, Hospitality Arts and Culture Economic Summit, LATHACE held last year”.
Akinbile-Yussuf spoke further saying, “To complement this gesture, the Ministry sought and obtained Mr. Governor’s approval for a 50 percent rebate on Operating Licence Fees payable by all the practitioners in the entertainment and hospitality sector for year 2020”.
She averred that two hundred million Naira worth of cheques would be presented to the 39 successful beneficiaries of the revolving loan under the first batch, while more recipients will still emerge as the collation for the second batch of applicants has started.
Her words: “The State Government is interested in using the revolving funds to bring youths out of unemployment while also creating entrepreneurs who would use their creativity to enhance the market shares of the film industry”.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Oyinade Nathan-Marsh, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s doggedness in transforming the Entertainment and Tourism sector by consistently keeping to his promises to boost its potential.
“The Entertainment Sector is one of the key pillars of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of this administration and it deserves the attention being given by the Government to grow the economy of the State”, she affirmed.
Mrs. Nathan-Marsh also challenged the beneficiaries on the appropriate usage of the fund so that the door of the good opportunity will not be shut against other beneficiaries.
Some of the successful applicants, who spoke at the event, commended Lagos State Government for fulfilling its promise made at an interactive session held with the Governor last year.
Giving his testimonial, Mr Tunji Ojetola, said the exercise was devoid of favouritism as the application process was seamless, just as the screening was thorough and professional.
“This is the first time a Government policy is well executed and the commendation should go to Mr. Governor and the Ministry”, he said.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Adebayo Salami, who spoke on behalf of colleagues, also commended the State Government and promised that they will utilise the funds judiciously and pay back without defaulting.
JAMAICAN MINISTER, AMBASSADOR VISIT TOURISM SITES IN BADAGRY
The position of Badagry as a major tourist destination in Lagos State and Nigeria was again reaffirmed by the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs in Jamaica, Kamina Smith-Johnson, during a recent visit to the ancient town in the company of the Ambassador of Jamaica to Nigeria, Esmond Reid.
Receiving the visitors on behalf of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on Monday at the Badagry Marina, the Director of Research and Development, Mrs. Yetunde Simpson, expressed pleasure identifying with the foreign tourists and also taking them around historical sites in Badagry.
She expressed the hope that the visit would further project Lagos and Nigeria’s tourism potentials, envisaging that more international tourists would also be stimulated by the visit of the Jamaican Minister and Ambassador.
Addressing the tourists at their first port of call, the Palace of the Akran of Badagry, the Head of Badagry Heritage Museum, Mr. Peter Mesewaku explained the important position which Badagry occupies in the area of Western Education, Christianity and Trans Atlantic Slavery.
After visiting the Palaces of the Akran and Wawu of Badagry respectively, the visitors stopped over at Mobee Slave Museum and Badagry Heritage Museum as well as Seriki Faremi Williams Abass Slave Museum for a deeper understanding of the Trans Atlantic Slavery before its abolition.
In her remarks, the Jamaican Minister, Kamina Smith-Johnson, thanked the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for taking time to share the history of Badagry with them, just as she also acknowledged the warm reception accorded her and her entourage.
Her words: “It is an honour for me to bring greetings on behalf of the people and government of Jamaica.
This visit is like a homecoming for me because those of us in Jamaica have always described ourselves as descendants of the people of Africa and Nigeria”.
“Just as it is very emotional for us to know every part of ourselves from our roots here, it is even a greater honour to us for the warm and homely reception we received from the period we arrived here in Badagry up till now”, Smith-Johnson added
Drug War: Portable dares NDLEA
Nigerian singer, Portable has challenged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, over the recent arrests of some of his colleagues.
NDLEA has in recent times invaded the homes of Nigerian celebrities and arrested them over drug-related issues.
Recall that a comedian, De General, was arrested and convicted of drug trafficking by a Federal High Court in Lagos alongside Caleb William, for unlawfully possessing 15g of cannabis and 14g of tramadol in Lagos State.
On Thursday morning, NDLEA operatives in Lagos invaded singers Zinoleesky and Mohbad’s residence and arrested them for being in possession of cannabis and Molly.
Reacting, Portable in a video posted on Instagram, questioned the NDLEA operatives for invading private residences in search of drugs.
He warned that anyone that tries it with him ‘will collect’
”Should we not smoke weed in our house again? Are you the ones that built our house or bought land for us? What is it?
“Everybody should mind their business oh! If you near my side, you go collect!
“I should not smoke weed in my father’s house? We would beat ourselves to death,” he said.
FAAC: FG, States, LGs share N656.6bn as April allocation
ShareArising from it’s virtual conference meeting, the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), shared a total sum of N656.602 billion to...
SANWO-OLU WINS LAGOS APC GOVERNORSHIP TICKET FOR 2ND TERM
Share …Governor’s Opponents Failed To Meet Screening Requirements, Disqualified Before Primaries – Electoral Cmtte With 1,170 delegate votes in his...
2023: Abiodun emerges Ogun APC gubernatorial candidate
Share Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has emerged the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state...
LAGOS LAUNCHES LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR YOUTHS
ShareSeeks To Unleash Potential Of Next Generation Leaders Invites Interested Youths To Apply Online Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced...
LAGOS BUILDING CONTROL AGENCY CONTINUES DEMOLITION OF DISTRESSED BUILDINGS
Share ****Pulls Down Structures In Ikoyi, Ire-Akari ****Mark Others for Demolition In continuation of the demolition of distressed buildings, the...