BOSS donates park to nurture plurality of culture, cultivate peaceful coexistence3 min read
Peace Park Ojota
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, BOSS, has unveiled a recreation Centre at Ojota/Lagos-Ibadan express road intersection for people to unwind and be engaged in activities that stimulate peaceful co-existence for all Lagosians especially, among the youths.
The Governor made the statement at the inauguration of the recreational entre named, Peace Park. Mr Sanwo-Olu said the park would serve as a source of convergence, unity and a tourist destination for residents, especially the youths.
He said the inauguration of the park was an eloquent testimony that Lagosians are blessed with a listening government as reflected in the fulfilment of the promise made about a year ago to dedicate a park to all who strived for the sustenance of peace and harmony in Lagos state.
Governor Sanwo-Olu described the environment the park is located thus, “this space is deliberately named Peace Park because there are several key aesthetics elements that allude to the peaceful nature of residents of Lagos state”.
Sanwo-Olu further noted that “From the elevated garden mound with steps representing each colour of the Lagos state flag, with a ”Peace Symbol” at the top, to the Iconic Chair representing the warm hospitality of the people of Lagos,” he said.
The governor said the park was to further promote peaceful coexistence, especially as the 2023 general elections approached.
He said the government was committed to changing the face of Lagos state to a bigger and better state, as well as touching lives in a deliberate and consistent manner.
”Everywhere you go in Lagos state, you will see that we are touching lives. There is no place in the state that we are not doing meaningful development,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.
He said the facility was a significant event to identify witth the good programs to be delivered to residents of the state.
The governor said the facility was a result of his administration’s commitment to the THEMES Agenda for a bigger and better Lagos, state, as it continued to hand over additional life-changing facilities to residents.
He said the government had a responsibility to the residents to keep to the promises made.
”You have a government that is truly committed to what you ask for and what you desire. We are handing over this facility to our youth, who will see this place as a source of convergence and a source of unity,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, said the event was another landmark achievement of the current administration toward improving the well-being of residents.
Mr Bello said that it was a commitment to bequeathing a befitting environment to the people of the state, in line with the administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
He commended Mr Sanwo-Olu’s passion for ensuring that residents from all walks of life had access to recreational facilities.
According to him, the provision of the park demonstrates the administration’s unwavering and strategic move toward executing developmental projects.
“This is in our desire to actualize the status of Lagos, not only as the commercial hub of the nation but also a remarkable tourist destination.
“The vision of the governor to turn Lagos state into a land of opportunities, offering all residents a chance to succeed in their vocations, and endeavours and have fun with families and friends in a peaceful atmosphere has become a reality,” he said.
Also at the event, Dele Osinowo, the Chairman, Agboyi Ketu Local Council Development Area, commended the governor for initiating such project within his territory.
Mr Osinowo said that there was the need for people to ensure that peace reigned in their different domains.
In her vote of thanks, Adetoun Popoola, the General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) commended Mr Sanwo-Olu’s administration for its support and efforts at providing recreational facilities in the state.
Mrs Popoola thanked the governor for believing in her team and entrusting the Peace Park project on them to execute.
She said the Peace Park, made up of three uniquely designed gardens with interconnecting walkways occupied an approximate total land area of 25,700 square meters, with soft and hard landscaping elements.