A tourist who visited the Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos State has shared a shocking video of a broken segment of the long canopy walkway, which is one of the main attractions of the centre. The video, which went viral on social media, showed the tourist walking on the shaky and damaged walkway, while expressing his fear and disappointment.
The Lagos State Government has responded to the video, saying that it has taken immediate action to repair the broken segment and ensure the safety of all visitors. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Idris Aregbe, said that he and the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, inspected the centre and confirmed that the walkway was fixed and restored to normal.
He said, “We are not happy with what we saw in the video. We have taken steps to rectify the situation and make sure that such a thing does not happen again. We apologize to the tourist and all the people who were concerned by the video.”
However, he also announced that the centre would remain closed for further routine maintenance, until all safety standards are met. He said, “We are not taking any chances with the safety of our tourists and citizens. We want to ensure that the Lekki Conservation Centre is a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. We will reopen the centre as soon as possible, after we have completed the necessary checks and repairs.”
The Director-General of the Centre, Prof Mathew Onoja, thanked the State Government for its intervention and support. He said, “We appreciate the swift response of the State Government to the viral video. We are also grateful to the tourist who brought the issue to our attention. We will continue to be safety conscious and follow the directives of the State Government. We look forward to welcoming back our visitors soon.”