Lagos Plans Big For 50th Independence Anniversary

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The Lagos state government has announced plans to mark Nigeria’s 50th Independence  Anniversary in a unique way.

This, it is believed, is because the state was where the country’s flag was first hoisted  to mark Nigeria’s freedom from colonial rule on 1 October, 1960.

Though, the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya,  refused to declare the amount budgeted for the event that begins from today 23 September,  2010 and ends on 2 October, 2010, a statement credited to a member of the House of  Assembly, Hon Ajibayo Adeyeye, has it that N300 million will be spent by the state  government on the anniversary.

Part of the activities lined up for the celebration, which begins with Christian and  Moslem inter-denominational services, include the handing over of the Old Peoples Home  located in Yaba within the state.

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There would also be a boat regatta and a boxing competition just as the organisers, which  include ace theatre star, Tunde Kelani, have also made plans to thrill people with plays,  dance and exhibition.

The SSG also said that the state was expecting the Duke of Gloucester and a member of the  British Royal Family, Prince Richard.

The event would also witness the opening of the Freedom Park, which was a prison built by  the colonial masters and where prominent Nigerians including the late Chief Obafemi  Awolowo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe were incarcerated for political reasons.

—Eromosele Ebhomele