23rd September, 2010
The Lagos state government has announced plans to mark Nigeriaâ€™s 50th IndependenceÂ Anniversary in a unique way.
This, it is believed, is because the state was where the countryâ€™s flag was first hoistedÂ to mark Nigeriaâ€™s freedom from colonial rule on 1 October, 1960.
Though, the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya,Â refused to declare the amount budgeted for the event that begins from today 23 September,Â 2010 and ends on 2 October, 2010, a statement credited to a member of the House ofÂ Assembly, Hon Ajibayo Adeyeye, has it that N300 million will be spent by the stateÂ government on the anniversary.
Part of the activities lined up for the celebration, which begins with Christian andÂ Moslem inter-denominational services, include the handing over of the Old Peoples HomeÂ located in Yaba within the state.
There would also be a boat regatta and a boxing competition just as the organisers, whichÂ include ace theatre star, Tunde Kelani, have also made plans to thrill people with plays,Â dance and exhibition.
The SSG also said that the state was expecting the Duke of Gloucester and a member of theÂ British Royal Family, Prince Richard.
The event would also witness the opening of the Freedom Park, which was a prison built byÂ the colonial masters and where prominent Nigerians including the late Chief ObafemiÂ Awolowo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe were incarcerated for political reasons.