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GOV. BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU APPOINTS TRUSTEES FOR YORUBA HISTORY CENTRE, PROMISES TO RESTORE LAGOS HERITAGE

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

On Thursday, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, reaffirmed his commitment to restoring the J.K. Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History to its former grandeur, as he inaugurated the Centre’s Board of Trustees (BoT).

The Governor chairs a seven-member board tasked with reviving tourism and fostering cultural renewal in Lagos. Four government officials and three private-sector professionals make up the Board.

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The members of the BoT were installed at a ceremony held at the State House in Alausa by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The Centre, which opened in 1928, was formerly a focal point for cultural tourism, recreation, and entertainment. Its restoration began in 2018.

As chairman of the Board, Sanwo-Olu committed to make the Centre a major reference point for Yoruba culture and arts, emphasizing that the formation of the Trustees was crucial, given the imminent completion of the Centre’s rebuilding work in Onikan.

The Governor stated that his administration’s commitment to bringing the Centre back to life was unwavering, adding that the Government had set a completion timetable for the rebuilding contractor.

“I accept this opportunity to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the J.K. Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History with a sense of responsibility, and I assure stakeholders in the Arts, Culture, and Tourism ecosystem that we will do everything possible to ensure that the Centre becomes a reference point, not only for Yoruba culture and arts, but also for restoring the old glory of Yoruba culture and history,” he said.

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