The Federal Government has said the National Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos will be now known as 'Lagos Creative and Entertainment Centre' upon completion of the ongoing renovations at the centre. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made the disclosure while signing a bilateral agreement on Nigeria hosting the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry on Tuesday in Madrid, Spain.
The agreement was signed between Nigeria and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation at the UNWTO headquarters.
Mr Mohammed noted that the global conference scheduled between November 14 and 17 will be the first event to be staged at the newly renovated centre.
“Nigeria will be hosting the event at the National Theatre in Lagos, which is currently being renovated at a cost of $100m under a partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Bankers’ Committee/Central Bank of Nigeria.
“It’s 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.