Senate asks FG to stop sale of National Theatre, TBS

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Senate has asked the Federal Government to stop a planned sale of the National Arts Theatre and Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), in Lagos.

The country’s upper legislative chamber also mandated its Committee on Culture and Tourism to identify all edifices that should be declared national monuments.

The Senate resolutions followed a motion sponsored by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki.

Raji-Rasaki said the structures occupy a historical landmark which serves as a symbol of the country’s nationhood.

“The media is awash about the sale of assets belonging to federal government, including the National Theatre and the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, to raise more funds to finance the 2018 budget,” the senator said.

“Tafawa Balewa Square represents the landmark on which Nigeria got the instrument of nationhood at a ceremony on the morning 1st of October, 1960 when the Union Jack was lowered down and the green-white-green national flag was raised and hoisted.

“The National Theatre specifically built to host the 2nd Black African Art Festival named the Festival of Art and Culture (FESTAC) in January/February 1977, where all black people across the globe gathered to celebrate the uniqueness of the black race.

“The final symbol of transfer of power from colonial rule to independence took place at the Tafawa Balawa Square Lagos.”

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