The Federal Government has disclosed that it will change the name of the National Theater in the Igamu axis of Lagos to Lagos Creative and Entertainment Center when the present renovation exercise is completed.
This was made known on Tuesday in Madrid, Spain by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed during an event organised to sign an agreement on Nigeria’s hosting of the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry.
The bilateral agreement was signed between Nigeria and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at the organisation’s headquarters.
According to the Minister, the conference will hold from November 14 to November 17 and will open doors for other events at the newly renovated edifice.
“Nigeria will be hosting the event at the National Theatre in Lagos, which is currently being renovated at a cost of 100 million dollars under a partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Bankers’ Committee/Central Bank of Nigeria.
“It is the first of such renovation of the iconic edifice in over four decades.
“In addition to the renovation, new hubs are being constructed, within the premises of the National Theatre, for fashion, Information, technology, film and music.
“With that, the National Theatre is now known as the Lagos Creative and Entertainment Centre.
“In addition, the Lagos surface rail system, to serve the National Theatre, will be commissioned ahead of the Global Conference,’’ he said
The minister, who said he recently inspected the complex, directed that the contractors handling the reconstruction project must ensure its prompt delivery for the global event.