6th September, 2010
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Sunday inaugurated a park in honour of the lateÂ human rights activist and lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who died exactly a year ago.
Fashola also inaugurated a public law library and gallery, whose construction was initiatedÂ by Fawehinmi before his death on Sept. 5, 2009. The structures were completed by his family.
Fawehinmiâ€™s statue is erected in the park built by the state government at Ojota, Lagos.
The multi-million naira library will contain law books and will be open to the public, whileÂ the gallery is expected to contain some of the personal effects of Fawehinmi.
Both the library and the gallery are located at Agidingbi, Ikeja.
Fashola said that the park was a memorial for Fawehinmi, adding that it was comparable withÂ Abraham Lincolnâ€™s Memorial Park in Washington DC, the U.S.
He promised to make the park, library and gallery tourist attractions.
“Lagos State Government will ensure that that the library and gallery become part of ourÂ tourist attractions that would be visited by any tourist coming into the state.
“ Lagos has been the theatre where Fawehinmi fought his many battles and an arena where heÂ won many victories,â€™â€™ he said.
Fashola said that the government named the park after Fawehinmi as a token of theÂ governmentâ€™s appreciation for his selfless service to mankind.