Govt. still has interest in National Theatre, says Commissioner

The Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Arts, Mr. Steve Ayorinde,
has said that the Ambode led administration is still interested in the
National Theatre, even though four of the six theatres being built by
the Lagos State Government will be ready before the end of 2018.

The commissioner stressed that although the new theatres being
built by the government will go a long way in boosting the drama
and cinema experiences of Lagosians, everyone still owes the
National Theatre the best it can get.
He said, “Nobody should be happy to keep the National Theatre in
its present state.
“The Lagos State Government knows it deserves the best and we
are committed to making it a jewel that it is supposed to be.
“You know, there are usually papers to be sorted out here and there
and once this is done, we will fulfill our vision about the National
Theatre.”
Ayorinde made this known on Thursday while addressing media
men.
He said that the four theatres in Badagry, Igando, Epe and Opebi
would be ready by the end of the year.
The two in Yaba and Ikorodu, he added, would be ready next year.
Ayorinde added that the government was renovating the Glover Hall
in Lagos, while work was also ongoing at the new cultural hub in
Onikan.
At the programme, also attended by the Permanent Secretary in the
Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts, Mr. Fola Adeyemi,
Ayorinde explained that the tourism and cultural calendar just
unfolded by the government was subject to quarterly review, as new
and more programmes would be accommodated regularly.