National Theatre will Not Be Sold For Whatever Reason – Lai Mohammed

National Theatre will Not Be Sold For Whatever Reason - Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government on Monday assured that the National Theatre will always remain a national monument and will not be sold for whatever reason.”But we are not averse to a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement that will add value to the iconic (National Theatre) complex,” the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said during a visit to the complex as part of the tour of the parastatals under his ministry.He said the process of selecting a preferred bidder under the PPP arrangement is currently underway.”The National Theatre is a national monument and a tourist attraction. We will not allow it to go derelict or become a magnet for hoodlums. This monument is the pride of the nation, and it has always served as the point of convergence for Nigerians seeking fun and relaxation, especially during festive periods, and a centre for the promotion of arts and culture,” Mr. Mohammed said.”We will restore the National Theatre to its pride of place and make it more user friendly. We will also ensure that the management engages with stakeholders in order to increase the patronage of the various facilities at the complex,” he said.The General Manager of the National Theatre, Kabir Yusuf Yar’Adua, conducted the Minister around the facilities at the complex, including the banquet, cinema and exhibition halls, the sub-power station, the water works, the police post and the artiste village, among others. 

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