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Lagos park records 15, 000 patrons in 9 months -- official

04 October 2013, 17:26

Lagos - The Heritage Park at Oshodi, Lagos, recorded no fewer than 15,000 patrons from January to September, an official said on Friday.

The Assistant Manager of the park, Ngozi Umeodinka, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that the park had been attracting local and foreign visitors since its inception in 2012.

"More than 15, 000 tourists or fun seekers have visited the park from January to September,’’ she said.

The park which was inaugurated on Oct. 28, 2012 by the Lagos Ministry of the Environment is being managed by a private firm -- Edge Media.

Umeodinka said of the 15, 000 visitors, 6,000 were adults, 8,000 were children and 1,000 were foreigners.

She attributed the high patronage to the modern facilities and the aesthetics at the centre.

"The patronage has been encouraging since the park was built in 2012.

"Despite people’s perception of Oshodi as a former slum, the patronage is still encouraging.

"The high patronage is as a result of the aggressive publicity we gave the centre, provision of security and maintenance of the facility,’’ Umeodinka added.

She said the state-of-the art facilities and the welcoming ambience of the park had made it a tourist’s destination.

"We enjoy highest patronage particularly during festive periods and public holidays.

"With the N500 gate fee we collect which some people consider too high, we still record high patronage because of the standard of the park.’’

On the revenue being generated at the park, Umeodinka said part of the money would be channeled into maintenance of the facility and payment of tax and other government levies.


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