From Left; Acting GM of National Theatre, George Nkante Ufot; Mrs Joke Sylva; Mrs Peace Anyam Osigwe; Mrs Bolanle Austin Peters; Special Adviser to LASG on Investment,Prof. Ademola Abass; Hon. Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; MD, New Dawn Production, Mrs Lillian Amah-Aluko; Chairman ZMirage,Alhaji Teju Kareem; AGM Business Development & Event Management, National Theatre,Mr Biodun Abe;Director, Engr. Services, National Theatre, Engr. Nwogu Ndubuisi; and other management staff of the National Theatre during the Inspection of facilities by the Minister on Saturday. Photo: NAN

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Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, believes the partnership between the Federal Government and Lagos State on the renovation of the National Theatre will uplift the national edifice.

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Speaking after an inspection tour of the National Theatre in Lagos on Saturday, the Minister described the theatre as a valuable national asset that cannot be allowed to become derelict.

 ”We are here today [Saturday] to take physical stock of what the Lagos State Government has offered to help us with – that is the rehabilitation of the National Theatre.

 ”I want to use the opportunity to express my gratitude and that of the Federal Government to the Governor, the Government and the people of Lagos state, who have graciously offered to assist to renovate the main bowl of the National Theatre, two cinema halls, the exhibition lobby and the banquet hall as part of the collaboration between the Federal Government and the State, especially as the state turns 50 this year,” he said.

The minister further said ”with the hand of friendship that the Lagos Government has extended to us, we are very hopeful that we are going to get the main bowl, two cinema halls, the exhibition lobby and the banquet hall renovated and ready for the Lagos at 50 celebration.”

Mohammed then promised that after the renovation, the national edifice will not be allowed to go into a state of disrepair again.

 ”I know that the question on the lips of many people is that what happens after the renovation.

”But I want to assure Nigerians that it cannot be business as usual. The National Theatre now has a new management that is in tune with reality and we will simply not allow the National Theatre to degenerate to the level we met it today,” he said.