Convert June 12 declaration site to tourist centre, Assembly urges Ambode

Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to convert Epetedo, on Lagos Island, where the presumed winner of the June 12 presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, made his declaration as president of Nigeria, to a tourist centre.
The House urged the governor to direct Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, to list all historical centres and monuments in the state, with a view to promoting tourist interests.
This was part of the chamber’s resolutions after deliberating on a motion led by Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade. The motion specifically identified Epetedo where Abiola made his declaration as president of Nigeria.
The lawmakers said centres such as the first storey building in the country, the Carter Bridge, including Epetedo and other similar sites, should be listed and preserved for future generations and economic values.
Agunbiade suggested that the categories of the historical centres and monuments be divided into three.
“Grade A will include all centres that government will list and take over. Grade B will include those centres that the state government will compensate the family of the owners and Grade C will be listed and marked without any compensation,” Agunbiade said.
Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, supported the motion and added that preservation of those historical centres would enhance the state’s interest in attracting tourism.
“I agree with the sponsors of the motion. There is need for us to identify and list all these centres and have access to them. When you are encouraging people to come to our state, we should get them to know the historical centres; it does not necessarily have to be government edifice,” he said.