• Short Summary

    THE IMPOSING ULTRA-MODERN LAGOS CITY HALL, BUILT AT A COST OF GBP1,400,000, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED ON SATURDAY BY THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, COLONEL MOBALAJI JOHNSON.

  • Description

    THE IMPOSING ULTRA-MODERN LAGOS CITY HALL, BUILT AT A COST OF GBP1,400,000, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED ON SATURDAY BY THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, COLONEL MOBALAJI JOHNSON. SITUATED IN THE HEART OF LAGOS, THE CITY HALL -- BUILT BY THE ISRAELI FIRM AMY IN 33 MONTHS -- STANDS FIVE STORIES HIGH ON THREE ACRES OF LAND AND INCLUDES A NUMBER OF HALLS, ASSEMBLY ROOMS, COMMITTEE ROOMS AND OFFICES.

    WORK ON THE CITY HALL WAS STARTED IN AUGUST 1965, AND IT WAS FINISHED IN JUNE 1968. SOME 350 WORKMEN WERE EMPLOYED ON THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION, ONLY THREE OF THEM NON-NIGERIAN. THE HALL IS 305 FEET (92 METRES) LONG AND 153 FEET (46 METRES) WIDE. IT IS SURROUNDED BY 44 MARBLE-CLAD COLUMNS, WHILE THE ARMS OF LAGOS 23 FEET (9 METRES) IN DIAMETRE IN BRONZE HANG IN THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING.

    FORMERLY, THE OFFICES OF THE LAGOS CITY COUNCIL WERE SPREAD OUT ALL OVER THE CITY. ALL THE OFFICES OF THE COUNCIL, AS WELL AS A POLICE STATION AND A POST OFFICE, ARE NOW SITUATED WITHIN THE NEW CITY HALL. THE IDEA FOR BUILDING THE NEW HALL WAS PUT FORWARD FIVE YEARS AGO -- IN THE SAME WEEK AS IT WAS DECIDED TO RAISE THE STATUS OF LAGOS FROM THAT OF A TOWN TO A CITY.

    AT SATURDAY'S OPENING OF THE HALL, THE CEREMONY INCLUDED THE PRESENTATION OF A GOLDEN KEY TO COLONEL JOHNSON BY HIS HIGHNESS THE OBA OF LAGOS, OBA ADEYINKA, OYEKAN II.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF3NUZT87FDMJ24CYN2BORE985
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3NUZT87FDMJ24CYN2BORE985
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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