Buhari approves Ambode’s request to turn around presidential palace.


Plans are underway by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to turn Nigeria’s Presidential Lodge at Marina, in Lagos, to a tourist arena to be known as The Heritage Centre for Leadership.

The Lagos State governor’s intention is to redesign and equip the place, which served as residence of Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe as the country’s President in the First Republic, as a landmark research and tourist centre to attract both local and international visitors.

It is part of the Ambode administration’s bid to transform Marina-Onikan axis on Lagos-Island into a world-class arts and tourism hub; following the successful request of the State government for federal government’s hand-over of the Presidential Lodge.

Governor Ambode, according to a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Strategy – Steve Ayorinde, is profoundly grateful to President Buhari for approving the request through a letter signed by his Chief of Staff – Mallam Abba Kyari.

The statement notes that, as a Centre of Excellence, Lagos is suited to becoming Africa’s foremost hub for arts, entertainment and tourism.



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