The Federal Government today officially handed over the Presidential lodge, Marina to the Lagos State government.This followed the promise and directive of President Muhammadu Buhari for the edifice to be ceded to Lagos State for use as a World Tourist destination on the request of Governor Akinwumi Ambode.
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Marina, Jalal Arabi in an emotional handover urged the Lagos State government to judiciously use the edifice, maintain it and protect its structural and historic Integrity.
The Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Tunji Bello who heads the Lagos State side of the Joint Committee on the handover signed an M.O.U releasing the historic edifice in the presence of some other cabinet members and the Federal government delegation.
On behalf of the Governor and people of Lagos State, Bello expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his statesman like gesture by releasing the edifice to Lagosians and the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo for making the handover realisable, as well as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola for his untiring assistance.The edifice built before Independence in 1960 has housed several Presidents and military Heads of state, before the relocation of Nigeria’s capital to Abuja.
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