Lagos State Government yesterday said the six ‘Eko Theatres’ under construction across the state would be ready before the end of next year.
Commissioner of Information Mr Steve Ayorinde, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the six theatres were located in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja, Igando and Lagos Island.
Ayorinde, who spoke with NAN at the All African Music Award (AFRIMA) 2017 in Lagos, said the construction of the theatres was aimed at boosting tourism and entertainment in the state.
He said three of the theatres would be commissioned by the first quarter of 2018 ahead of the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.
According to the commissioner, the construction of the theatres is on course and will be ready on schedule.
He said: “The first three of the Eko Theatres will be ready on schedule by the first quarter of next year. Governor Ambode is passionate about it: He visited the construction site of one of the theatres in Badagry last week and it is about 65 per cent completion level; same thing we have in Alomosho and Ikorodu.
“There are six of them scattered all over the state, but we are sure that the first three will be ready for inauguration before the next democracy day May 29, 2018.
“The opening will be used to commemorate the third anniversary of the administration, so we are putting much energy on it to have them completed.”
Ayorinde said other three Eko Theatres would be ready by December 2018, adding that Ambode was ready to make tourism and entertainment the hallmark of his administration.
“We are committed to the new economy because we all know what entertainment and tourism brings to table when it comes to revenue and income generation,’’ he said.