By Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The federal and Lagos State governments on Tuesday finalised the handover of Nigeriaâ€™s first presidential lodge at the Marina, to the latter, with the state government indicating it will rechristen the building the National Heritage Centre for Leadership.
Following the exchange of legal titles to the national monument between the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, at a ceremony in Abuja, the governor disclosed that the plan for the building was to turn it into a tourist site.
He said the state would leverage the rich history of the building to attract local and international tourists to the state, and that it would support Lagosâ€™ aspiration to continue to expand its economy.
Ambode said this shortly after Fashola noted in his remarks that President Muhammadu Buhari signed off the handover of the building to Lagos to buttress the commitment and promise he had made to the state on the building.
He also passed a compliment on the state for its recent proposal to spend N1.046 trillion in its 2018 budget.