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Lagos beaches wear new look ahead of Sallah celebrations

18 September 2015, 18:21

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 beaches.

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 property.

"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 incidents.

"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.

"The management has taken new dimensions to attract visitors and tourists back to the beach.

"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 recognition.

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. 




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