21st September, 2010
Nigerians and foreign tourists, who are already excited over the Eyo festival recentlyÂ announced by the Lagos state government to hold on 2 October, 2010, have beenÂ disappointed following its postponement.
The organisers of the festival, which showcases the cultural heritage of the state, saidÂ the event was shifted indefinitely because it coincided with the General CertificateÂ Examination (GCE).
Announcing the postponement, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Opeyemi Bamidele,Â and his counterpart in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture, Babatunde Balogun, saidÂ the state government was concerned about the success of the students.
They said they had sent messages to all invited guests and tourists to the event and thatÂ the government had advised Oba Rilwan Akiolu of LagosÂ and the Oniru of Oniruland to fixÂ a new date and convey it to the government.
â€œThe reason for the postponement is because of our commitment to education as the bedrockÂ of our government.
â€œWell over 15, 000 students would be writing the GCE on that Saturday and that would meanÂ having a major conflict with the festival as planned,â€ Bamidele said.
Explaining further, Balogun said about 55 schools would be serving as examination centresÂ in the state on that day.
â€œWe will continue with the sensitisation and the mascots around the streets of LagosÂ would remain while we wait for a new date that would be communicated,â€ he said.