Thirteen Years After Fire Incident, Fashola Hands Over Restored Lagos City Hall
Feb 2, 2010 - The rich cultural heritage of Lagos was on full display on Tuesday as Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) handed over one of its architectural master piece, the Lagos City Hall which was restored to a beautiful and modern state, thirteen years after it was gutted by fire.
Speaking at the ceremony which drew the crème de la crème of the society like former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu under whose administration the rehabilitation work started, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I, National Chairman of the Action Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, first military Governor, Rtd General Mobolaji Johnson, first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba and others, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) said the new city hall would become the newest address for entertainment and tourism.
Governor Fashola added that the Lagos City Hall would also serve as a reference point for social engagements and business and would be managed on behalf of the State and Local Government by a team of Nigerian consultants.
He added that the team would receive bookings and ensure maintenance of security around the building.
Governor Fashola who acknowledged the vision and courage of the initiators of the Lagos City Hall, said they had to make do with virulent criticisms about the viability of the project even before it started.
The Lagos State helmsman explained that the completion of the project represents the restoration of a historical monument that symbolizes courage of civil servants who had a clear vision that a City Hall was necessary for Lagos.
He recalled that the City Hall performed multi faceted roles by acting as the melting pot for the people for several decades and was also famous for keeping many records of births during the period.
Also speaking former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu under whom the reconstruction commenced in 2007 said it is a thing of great joy that the Action Congress has succeeded in restoring the dignity of the City Hall as it promised then.
Asiwaju Tinubu thanked all Lagosians for believing in him even when many cynics thought it was impossible to bring back the Lagos City Hall by supporting with their votes and making it possible for the contractors to work without inhibitions.
Asiwaju Tinubu reiterated that the Action Congress as a party has put the party at the centre to shame because it is a progressive party which is committed to progress.
Asiwaju Tinubu who described Governor Fashola as his baby brother advised mischief makers to keep their peace as they are busy making mountains out of molehills.
He said today he feels proud to act as a father to the Governor but would also ensure that he does not get misled and described himself as a good father and founder.
He promised the progressives that the Lagos State Government and the party would not let them down.
Asiwaju Tinubu thanked Governor Fashola for taking up the baton from where he left it and making it better.
In his address, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu who clad in his traditional royal outfit commended the spirit of friendship that is waxing strong between Governor Fashola and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He urged mischief makers to take a cue from the warmth that is on display at the event by refraining from spreading falsehood about the relationship between the Governor and his predecessor.
Also speaking, the first Military Governor of Lagos Rtd General Mobolaji Johnson called for the adoption of maintenance culture by the people so that the City Hall can remain in good state.
General Johnson who recalled that the commissioning of the city was one of his first assignments said it was a thing of great joy that it has been restored to a beautiful state.
The Banquet hall of the building was renamed H.A.B Fashinro Hall before the tape was cut by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu who was assisted by Governor Babatunde Fashola and former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu hand over the rehabilitated Lagos City Hall.
Among other dignitaries who attended the programme were the first Town Clerk of Lagos City Council when the City Hall was conceived, Alhaji Habeeb Fashinro, National Chairman of the Action Congess, Chief Bisi Akande, National Vice Chairman of the Action Congress, Chief Tajudeen Olusi and dignitaries from all walks of life.