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FG Concludes Plan To Turn National Art Theatre Into 5-Star Hotel

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Govt to turn National Theatre into hotel
The 37-year-old National Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos Mainland is to be converted into a five-star hotel.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation Edem Duke has
given a two-week quit notice to Federal Government agencies at the
facility.

Some of the agencies are National Council for Arts and Culture;
Nigeria Gallery of Arts; National Troupe of Nigeria and an unnamed
agency.
But some stakeholders have rejected the plan, especially the sudden quit notice given to the agencies.
They are saying the Federal Executive Council did not approve the
proposal and that a transaction advisor was appointed without due
process.
Other stakeholders also see the plan as an attempt to short-change the Southwest.
The theatre was inaugurated on September 30, 1976 by the then Military Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo.
It was opened five months before the hosting of the 2nd World Black
and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77) in
January/February 1977.
The Federal Government unfolded its plan through a March 18 letter
the Minister sent to some agencies, including those that had been
directed to leave the edifice.
Prior to the letter, it was gathered that the minister did not brief
chief executives of the parastatals under him on the government’s plan.
But the two-week quit notice aroused the stakeholders’ curiousity about the project.
According to sources, an investor from Niger Delta has been linked to
the project which may be executed with the Marriot Hotel Group.
Culled from The Nation
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