Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Adeniyi Saliu, the Chairman, Eredo Local Council Development Area, Epe, Lagos State explains that his government has plans to develop a superlative artists village in the area in order to improve the tourism of the land.
Saliu informed all the Nigerian News Agency based in Lagos on Sunday that this artists’ village was long been a part of the strategy of his administration to increase revenue.
Sungbo is the place where the village would be built, an ancient monument situated in Eredo community.
In the 10th century, NAN reports that the Sungbo was constructed as a monument and for spiritual reinforcement of the ancient Kingdom.
In the whole sub-Saharan Africa, it is the largest known ancient man-made structure. Also, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on November 1, 1995 in the Cultural category.
Correspondingly, in September 1999, the findings of the British Archaeologist, Dr. Patrick Darling of Bournemouth University assisted to popularize the site.
Saliu said: “The artistes’ village will be built to international standard which will be showcased to the world as the biggest attraction in Lagos state.
“It is a place where people will be selling their art works, crafts, scripture and locally made goods to tourists.
“It will also serve as an avenue where visitors, artistes and tourists can connect with heritage, culture and nature, as it is close to the ancient monument site.
“Nollywood actors/actresses can also shoot movie in the area when we finish building the village, because it will have a good cultural environment.”
As per Saliu, the project is looking for good investment as the council will welcome investment partners with open hands.
He said: “Although, Lagos State Government plans to develop the monument and build some structures around it, but the council also have its own plans to build additional structure.”
Tags: Lagos State