Lagos - Some of the beaches in the areas
Lagos are now wearing new looks, ahead of the Eid-el Kabir festivities, the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) observed.
The Eid-el Kabir celebration will be marked on Oct. 23.
A NAN correspondent, who went round some of the beaches
including the Suntan, Oniru Private, Victoria Island, Elegushi, Lekki, Eleko
and Ibeju-Lekki beaches observed some changes, particularly ongoing renovation
work on some facilities.
At the Oniru Beach, there were renovations of some old
facilities as well as erecting of new structures to make the place more
befitting for relaxation by tourists and other visitors.
The operators, it was observed were installing more security
posts, fixing and installing new bars, building additional halls and stages.
They had been erecting extra beach houses, while some were observed retraining
more life guards and other security personnel.
The operators of such the facilities decorated the beaches
with buntings and fresh sign posts warning about dangers in and around of the
Many fun seekers usually thronged the beaches to savour the
aesthetic beauties of such coastlines.
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Some of the operators who spoke with NAN in separate
interviews on Friday said that the purpose of the facelift were to give the fun
seekers value for their money.
Mr Tunde Ogabi, the Facility Manager at the Suntan Beach
told NAN that the beaches within the area were upgraded and expanded to
accommodate more fun seekers.
Ogabi said the management equipped the centre with more
precautionary signs and other safety measures to prevent loss of lives and
"The safety of lives is paramount to the company; we
decided to re-equip the environment with necessary safety equipment, such as …
first aid materials, life jackets and caution signs in order to stem unforeseen
"The safety equipment will assist in preventing casualties
that may occur during festive periods,‘’ Ogabi said.
The Managing Director, Oniru Private Beach, Mr Segun Oniru,
said the beach no longer received many visitors, tourists and picnickers as was
the case in the past.
Oniru explained that the low turnout of visitors was a
result of new private beaches springing up around the city, stressing that the
management was already evolving new strategies aimed at wooing customers back
to the facility.
Oniru said there were lots of activities for fun-seekers
during the Sallah period which would give them thrilling moments.
management has taken new dimensions to attract visitors and tourists back to the
"Beach businesses are competitive in Lagos now. As you can
see, people are discovering new beaches day by day,’’ Oniru said.
Mr Lanre Elegushi, the Managing Director, Elegushi Private
Beach, Lekki, said that the beach had gained national and international
Elegushi said that no fewer than 50 foreign tourists visit
the beach every month.
"The patronage has been encouraging; the management will
continue to promote the centre as standard, in order for visitors to have value
for their money.
"There are lots of Sallah packages for visitors and
picnickers to enjoy during the celebration. Different `hip hop artistes’, will
be performing at the beach during the festival,‘’ Elegushi said.
The Ticketing Officer for Eleko Beach, Mr Lawal Akodu, told
NAN that the beach was undergoing rehabilitation to make it more user-friendly
during the festivities.
"The ongoing re-development is to make the beach attractive
centre for fun seekers and tourists''.
He listed some of the facilities provided to include, more
security consciousness, the provision of three more bars, additional hall, two
extra beach houses and more life guards.
"We have also provided the necessary equipment to save
lives in case of emergencies,'’ Akodu said.