by Tolulope Omoyeni
We bring another edition of our weekly recap of the activities of Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. This week, the governor attended to sports, the arts and rounded up the week by receiving President Muhammadu Buhari in the state for the commissioning of Nigerian Navy ships.
Gov. Ambode started the week by attending the opening ceremony of the 6th COPA Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament held at Eko Atlantic City. Speaking at the event, he expressed his love for sports and its importance in the state, alongside entertainment and tourism. He assured that Lagos state will always firmly support such sporting events in order to engage youths.
Governor Ambode said, “In another few days, Lagos will be hosting the Nation’s Cup Beach Soccer Tournament and I think Lagos is just the next destination for Sports in Africa. I love sports and Lagos has to love sports. That’s the way it’s going to go.”
COPA Lagos is an annual global beach soccer tournament and this year’s edition had former Super Eagles’ Victor Ikpeba, D’banj, Peter Okoye, Frank Edoho and a host of others going head-to-head in their separate teams.
On Sunday, Governor Ambode was at the MUSON Centre, Onikan for the stage play “Heartbeat The Musical” directed by Nollywood veteran couple, Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs.
Speaking after the play wrapped up, the Governor expressed delight at how he got captivated by the play. According to him, “I never believed I could sit down for two hours, I thought I would just pop in briefly and then leave, but this is awesome and fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
It was at this point he made the announcement that before the end of 2017, the Lagos state government would have provided 5 new theatres in the state. Target locations are Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Alimosho and the Mainland.
Governor Ambode added that “it’s not so much about physical infrastructure, but 67 per cent of the Lagos population is below the age of 35, so we need to start finding things to keep the younger ones more creative and then open the space for them to be able to just show their talents.”
On Thursday, Governor Ambode received President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential wing of the Muritala Mohammed Airport at about 12 noon as he arrived to commission the three war ships and 27 patrol boats at the Nigerian Naval dockyard, Victoria Island.
President Buhari was accompanied by former Lagos state governor and now Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
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