Stella Dimoko Senate Warns Against Sale Of National Theatre, Tafawa Balewa Square And Other National Monuments


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Friday, April 26, 2019

Senate Warns Against Sale Of National Theatre, Tafawa Balewa Square And Other National Monuments

The Senate has reaffirmed its commitment to the non-sale of the National Theatre, Tafawa Balewa Square and other national monuments.

NAN reports that this is sequel to the adoption of the report of its Committee on Culture and Tourism at plenary on Thursday.

Presenting the report, the chairman of the committee, Sen. Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, said the committee was instructed to examine monuments across the country and report back.

According to her, the committee traveled to Lagos and other parts of the country to assess the monuments and recommends that, given their historic and monetary value; they should not be sold. The chairman further said the committee came to a conclusion that some other monuments, which were hitherto not recognised as national monuments should be given that status.

Contributing, Sen. Shehu Sani (PRP-Kaduna), said the monuments were important to Nigeria’s history and should not be sold off.

He added that selling them off would be a great mistake as the historic identity attached to them would be erased, while generations to come would not have any sense of Nigeria’s history.

“When we travel to other countries we visit historic monuments and adding to revenue generation in those countries. It, therefore, behooves on us to keep ours for visitors to have where visit and for generations unborn to have a sense of our history.

From Daily Post


  1. Sell off national assets including Jubril. Tueeeeeeeeeeeh in Jewel's voice

  2. Why will they think of selling them at all? They just want to monetize and materialize everything. These monuments are very important to our history as a people. It is also a symbol of facts to the younger generation born and unborn. We should keep these things.

    1. Have you passed by National theatre lately? All those places are run down. No longer how it use to be. Lost its glory like the country.
      They can sell it to investors. They will retain the name and structure. Renovate and get it running again. Just like Muson,where they do stage plays,Terra Kulture and Nike Art Gallery. Even international stage plays will come.
      Gov't can't maintain it so let them sell off or lease to those who can. Even if they budget money to fix it,Ministry of culture will chop the money and dress it with paint.

    2. They should sell or lease with stipulations. That’s what other countries do. Governments are usually not good managers sosell or lease and stipulate the place must be open for visitors and certain parts of the look should remain unchanged so we maintain historical value

  3. Sell and Govt should retain 51% shares. Thats the sensible thing to do cos obviously Govt has mismanaged these National Monuments hence why they are in such deplorable states

  4. They should not sell, they can not maintain it the place is abandoned not in use. What do you want

  5. Let them sell them to native Nigerians who will ensure the upkeep. Why hold on to them if they cannot handle the maintenance and upkeep. Let Dangote or Otedola buy them if they want. But I agree with the sale only to native Nigerian business ppl only, nobody else.


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