Lagos Set For Water Regatta On Easter Sunday

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The tranquil nature of the Lagos Island waterfront will be energized on Sunday, April 8, 2012 as the Lagos State government, in conjunction with some private organisations, hosts the third edition of the annual Lagos Water Regatta.

Lagos Water Regatta is an annual water-based cultural sporting and recreational activity put together to showcase what the various coastal communities have to offer in terms of water sport, cultural beauty and aquatic splendor of Lagos State. It is part of the activities lined up to celebrate the 2012 edition of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival that kicks off on 2 April, 2012.

The regatta is a private sector led initiative with support base from the organised private sector and the Lagos State government to promote the tourism potentials of the state.

One of the main objectives of the regatta, according to the organisers, is to heighten interest in Lagos state as a tourism destination.

Tourists, Lagosians and other non-indigenes who have the passion for water-based recreational activities will be treated to a pot-pouri of quality fun and entertainment as the organizers of the annual cultural festival have expanded the scope of the regatta to include a dedicated convergent point known as The Regatta Village, situated at the Waterfront area on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, (former Queen’s Drive) Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to the Chairman, Lagos Water Regatta Working Committee (organisers of the annual event), Engineer, Olusegun Jawando, prizes will be presented to winners in boat racing, swimming contest and colourful boat presentation.

“In terms of security, adequate provision has been made with the Navy, Police and Ambulance boats. We are going to have participation from LASWA, All Boat Clubs in Lagos, Boat & Ferry operators in Lagos and representatives of riverside communities in Lagos.

“We are expecting over 50 thousand fun seekers to visit the Regatta Village and four other viewing centres specially created for invited guests,” Jawando said. Attendance to the Regatta Village is free.

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