Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu unveiled has the 2021 edition of Greater Lagos Fiesta, a 30-day celebration to round off the year and usher 2022.
The unveiling which was held on Friday at Eko Hotel had the deputy governor Femi Hamzat who represented the governor in attendance.
Comedian Ali Baba anchored the event.
Speaking at the event Hamzat said that measures are being put in place to ensure the success of the event. He also noted that the event involves a fashion fair, festivals, concerts music and games.
Addressing some of the concerns raised by journalists regarding traffic congestion, the deputy governor said road expansions are in progress and the operations will be put on hold until after the event to reduce traffic congestion.
“You know that Lagos is doing the first batch of the 62kilomtere road from Orile all the way to Okokomaiko. so you know that from Okokomaiko to Agbara that is the one that FERMA has done.
“The Fiesta doesn’t really change the dynamics of traffic since some take place in Badgry some takes place in Ikorodu, others will take place on water and so on and so forth and like they said it has been done before so usually what we do is increase the number of management and around that time we reduce majority of the road construction that is going on so we can give people relieve,” he said.
The commissioner for tourism, arts and culture Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf who also spoke at the unveiling said that the event will take place at several locations on the mainland and Lagos Island, kicking off with the opening ceremony at Mobolaji Johnson Arena Onikan on December 1.
Other locations and dates are:
1 December 5, designated routes (Cycling competition).
2 December 7, Tafawa Balewa Square ( Photography competition).
3 December 10, Eko Hotel and Suites (Fashion competition).
4 December 18, Divisions (Lagos/Xmas souk village).
5 December 26, Marina experience.
6 December 27, Agege Staduim (Greater Lagos Concert).
7 December 28, Ikorodu Town Hall (Greater Lagos Concert).
8 December 29, Badagry Grammar School (Greater Lagos Concert).
9 December 30, Epe Recreation Centre (Greater Lagos Concert).
10 December 31, Eko Atlantic (Official closing/countdown).
The theme of this year’s event is tagged “Lagos Rock”
The last edition of the Greater Lagos Fiesta was held in 2019.
COVID-19 and the EndSARS protest made hosting it in 2020 impossible.