In an impressive blaze of colours, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday evening "switched on" the Lagos Festival of Lights to officially herald the holiday season with thousands of decorative lights from the entire stretch of the Marina through Ahmadu Bello Way to Bar Beach.
Riding in the open roofed Eko Tourist Bus from Marina through the stretch to Ahmadu Bello Way to the cheers and colourful displays of several groups who dotted the road, the Festival of Lights train arrived at the Akin Adesola junction of the Bar Beach which had been a centre point of a carnival like celebration to usher in the holiday season programme.
In his remark in a brief reception at the Bar Beach, the Governor said for the first time, Lagos State would be among the many global cities and states that would be under world focus and attention from 31st December to the New Year with the waterfront being the centre of activities.
According to the Governor, it would be a new year unlike any before now as people would be celebrating the New Year in Lagos with the whole world participating.
In his words: “It means much more tourism exposure. We are taking control of the beach and giving it a new meaning. You will see all of the vendor stands, so there would be a lot of business that would be going on there, there would also be a lot of party going on there”.