Lagos State House of Assembly Visits Lekki Conservative Center to Assess Safety Measures

Following concerns raised on social media regarding the safety of the Lekki Conservative Center, the Lagos State House of Assembly conducted a visit to the facility on Wednesday. The purpose of the visit was to assess the situation and ongoing maintenance efforts at the center.

Hon. Bonu Solomon, Chairman of the House Committee on Tourism, Art and Culture, expressed his satisfaction with what he observed during the tour. He stated that the visit was prompted by a viral video on social media advising against visiting the center.

"I am highly impressed with what we saw. When we saw the video that went viral on social media, Mr. Speaker asked us to come and see the progress made on the maintenance," Hon. Bonu Solomon said.

He further explained that they had also engaged with the Ministry of Tourism, but the oversight function was necessary to ensure the safety of foreigners, Nigerians, and tourists visiting Lagos.

Regarding the reopening date of the Lekki Conservative Center, the lawmaker mentioned that, initially, the management had set February 1, 2024, as the reopening date. However, this date has been postponed to allow the safety commission to confirm the safety of the premises.

The Director General of the Lekki Conservative Center, Joseph Onoja, extended a warm welcome to the lawmakers and reiterated that the safety of tourists is their top priority. He expressed disappointment that the video had gone viral, clarifying that it was an old video of a Nigerian comedian that was added to gain more viewers.

"We shut down every quarter for maintenance to ensure the safety of our tourists," the Director General stated.

Speaking about the viral video, Onoja explained that it was published on December 21, 2023, while 1,000 people were celebrating Christmas at the center on December 16, 2023. The safety commission is currently conducting an assessment to verify the safety of the environment.

The Director of the Safety Commission, Mr. Olatunde Ajose, informed the lawmakers that their presence was for a safety assessment, and any necessary changes would be implemented. 

"Repairs have begun on the canopy walkway, and we are also working on the existing infrastructure. Once the work is completed, a certificate will be issued, and this process is conducted annually," Ajose said.

It is worth noting that the Lekki Conservative Center was constructed in 1990.

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