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After Months Of Closure Due To Safety Issues, Lagos State Govt Set To Reopen Lekki Conservative Center

After months of safety issues were  raised about the long canopy walk way at the Lekki Conservation Centre, the Lagos State Government says it will be reopened on March 29, 2024, following the completion of maintenance work.

according to a statement on the official website of the state government on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Idris Aregbe, confirmed this on Friday during a visit to the centre alongside some officials of the ministry.

The statement partly read, “Following the completion of extensive routine maintenance works on the Lekki Conservation Centre, the Lagos State Government and the management of the centre have announced that the Walkway will be reopened for public use with effect from Friday, March 29, 2024.

“Aregbe said that he was happy to see that all repairs and renovations on the facility, including the walkway, have been completed and would be accessible for tourism during the Easter celebration.

“The Special Adviser appreciated Lagosians and tourists across the world for their patience during the thorough maintenance works carried out at the Centre in Lekki.”

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In the statement, the Director-General of the Centre, Prof Mathew Onoja, also appreciated the state government for its intervention following the viral video, which first circulated in December as well as the swift response and efforts towards making the repairs and renovations seamless.

PUNCH reported in January that the state government ordered the closure of the tourist destination for repairs after a visitor took to social media in a viral video to lament the bad state of the canopy walk bridge and some other areas.

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The government had also stated that the damage had already been repaired before the circulation of the viral video. However, the centre was shut for further routine maintenance.

The Lekki Conservation Centre is a nature reserve in Lagos and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Nigeria. It also boasts of the longest canopy walkway in Africa.

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