Lagos Museum Project: Lagos State Government Lauds Ford Foundation’s $600,000 Donation

Lagos Museum Project: Lagos State Government Lauds Ford Foundation’s $600,000 Donation

…Unveils Plan To Build Contemporary Museum In Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday lauded an international organisation, Ford Foundation for donating $600,000 (about N216million) towards the architectural design and commencement of the iconic Lagos Museum Project to be located in Presidential Lodge and Lagos House in Marina.

The Governor has also unveiled plans by the State Government to build a modern museum in Ikeja to promote arts and sciences in addition to the Marina museum.

Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, Ms. Hillary Pennington (5th left); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Program Associate, Ford Foundation, Padma Ugbabe (3rd left); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Dr. Paul Nwulu (2nd left); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (left); Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (5th right); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Eva Kouka (4th right); Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Segun Banjo (3rd right);  Program Assistant, Ford Foundation, Joy Ehinor-Esezobor (2nd right) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (right) during the courtesy visit to the Governor by the Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, February 19, 2018.
Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, Ms. Hillary Pennington (5th left); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Program Associate, Ford Foundation, Padma Ugbabe (3rd left); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Dr. Paul Nwulu (2nd left); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (left); Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (5th right); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Eva Kouka (4th right); Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Segun Banjo (3rd right); Program Assistant, Ford Foundation, Joy Ehinor-Esezobor (2nd right) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (right) during the courtesy visit to the Governor by the Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he received a delegation from Ford Foundation led by its Executive Vice President in charge of Programs, Ms. Hilary Pennington, Governor Ambode said the two iconic tourism structures, which are in line with the vision of his administration to transform the State into world class tourist destination, would be completed within the next two to three years.

The Governor commended Ford Foundation for the confidence reposed in the State with the partnership, saying that the collaboration, coming from an internationally reputable organization such as the foundation, had served as a motivating factor for the State Government to do more for the people in the sector.

According to the Governor, “We had said we are going to have our own Lagos Museum and the dream is being spearheaded by Ford Foundation. The funding for the architectural work, the design and the initial workspace of the Museum is being funded through the foundation and I am happy to announce that they are making a total donation of $600,000 to us for the commencement of this project to ensure that whatever it is that we put down as Lagos Museum actually reaches that world class status that we want our Museum to be.

“There is a National Museum in Lagos but it does not belong to Lagos State and so we are very proud that we want to sustain our own heritage and we are very proud also that Ford Foundation has also decided to do a road show for us to go across Europe and other parts of the world to bring interested donors to come and partner with us to make the museum a reality.

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“In addition to the Lagos Museum which we have decided will be within the Lagos House and Presidential Lodge in the Onikan axis, it is our intention also to construct another museum in the Ikeja axis that will be called the Contemporary Museum of Arts and Sciences and it will be in the location where the Lagos Arts Council is presently,” he said.

The Governor said the efforts to build iconic tourism structures for the State were in line with the promise of his administration to put the State on global tourism map and use the sector to promote excellence in the State.

“All these are in line with our Project THESE which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Arts and Sports to promote Excellence in Lagos which we promised our people. I want to thank Ford Foundation for this partnership which I know will be beneficial to most Lagosians

“With the efforts of the Ford Foundation, I am inspired to put my hands in putting two iconic structures within the State in the next two to three years and I believe strongly that this support will actually make us to fast-track the number of years that these projects can come into fruition,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier, Pennington said the delegation was at Lagos House in furtherance of the partnership with the State Government on the Lagos Museum project, saying that the foundation was honoured to be collaborating with the State.

“We are honoured to partner with you and to support your vision for the Lagos State Government to build an iconic cultural space to make available to all diverse cultures and protect the heritage of this great city and to create space that will be opened to people from all over the world to see and learn about the heritage of this city.

“This is a great city; it’s one of the world’s great cities and it deserves the kind of iconic space that you are creating and we are very honoured to be part of this,” Pennington said.

20 Years After, FG Completes Handing Over Of Presidential Lodge, Marina To LASG

20 Years After, FG Completes Handing Over Of Presidential Lodge, Marina To LASG

The Federal Government on Tuesday completed the final handing over of the Presidential Lodge, Marina to the Lagos State Government about twenty years after the journey to actualize it commenced.

Speaking at the brief but impressive handing over ceremony, held at the Conference Room of Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing in Abuja, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said the development was a testament of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to bring positive change to Lagos.

Governor Ambode particularly commended the President, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and staff of the Ministry; Permanent Secretary in the Office of Chief of Staff to the President, and other stakeholders who worked to ensure the final transfer of the asset to Lagos.

The Governor said: “We are strongly delighted to be here on this historic day; on a day that actually finalises the intention of Mr President to bring positive change to Lagos.

“We want to sincerely appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari who has graciously approved that the Presidential Lodge be released to Lagos State and for the use of Lagos State which, just has said by the Minister, we have been trying to get for the last twenty years.

“We are pleased that on a day like this, it is my predecessor and present Minister of Works who is now doing the final handing over of which he had also been part of that process to get this asset back to Lagos but in God’s own doing, the Minister is in the position today to do the final documentation and we are very grateful for that.”

While alluding to the fact that the development was a sign of greater collaboration between Federal Government and Lagos State, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that it would be the beginning of process to get such assets back to the State Government.

Besides, the Governor said his administration would put the edifice to good use and transform it into a national monument to boost tourism and grow the economy of Lagos and Nigeria.

“This is a sign of greater things and greater collaboration between the Federal Government and Lagos State. We believe strongly that this singular gesture is part of what will improve the economy of Lagos because our intention is to turn that particular asset into a national monument where we can christen it a National Heritage Centre for Leadership and we will use it also as a tourist centre to bring Nigerians and foreigners to come to Nigeria and as well use that as a means of improving on the economy of Lagos State and Nigeria.

“On a final note, I want to show my sincere appreciation to the Minister and hope that this particular event will bring more good stories as we continue to see how much we can strive to get some of these assets back to Lagos State,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier, Fashola congratulated Governor Ambode and the people of Lagos State for the N1.04trillion budget estimate presented to the State House of Assembly on Monday by the Governor, and expressed hope that it would improve quality service delivery to the people of the State.

He said the signing of the document which formally vest ownership of the Presidential Lodge, Marina in the State Government was in fulfillment of the promise made by President Buhari, saying it was gratifying that the long journey spanning about two decades had finally come to an end.

He said: “This is a long journey that has come to an end; a journey that has taken almost two decades when the Lagos State Government asked that the property be vested in Lagos but for reasons that remained difficult to understand it did not happen but the President of change who is a promise keeper has made it happen.”

Aside Governor Ambode, other Lagos State officials at the ceremony included the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr Adebowale Akinsanya.