Theatre workers and allied agencies operating inside the main bowl of the National Theatre in Lagos on Friday began to remove their properties, following the dateline given by the Federal Government.
Newsmen report that the matching order was given to the workers to quit and pave the way for the renovation of the about 45-years old complex.
NAN also recalls that the Bankers’ Committee led by the Gov. Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had on Sunday, Feb. 14, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government for the handover of the theatre complex.
On July 12, 2020, the Federal Government handed over the complex to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers committee for restoration and development of the 134 hectares of fallow land within the premises.
NAN correspondents who visited the main bowl of the complex reports that many of the workers were seen removing their office materials in a frenzy to beat the
Affected tenant agencies such as the National Gallery of Art and National troupe staff were seen moving their items out of the arena.
Dr Celestine Agoziem, the Head of Documentation and Monitoring at the theatre confirmed the development to newsmen.
Agoziem, however, complained of the short notice, saying that such a notice should have come earlier to enable proper mobilisation of men and resourcesn for effective movement.
He said, however, that so far, affected agencies have complied substantially with the directive, saying that the hasty and uncoordinated approach being displayed by the staff is a reflection of the short notice.
He commended the government’s policy of giving the theatre a new nomenclature and facelift.