The Lagos State Government has announced that the Vlekete Slave Market museum in Badagry will be reopened as a significant tourist attraction soon.
Mr Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts, and Culture, stated this in a statement on Monday.
This was expressed by Bonu during a project assessment tour in Badagry, according to reports.
He said, “The Vlekete Slave Market museum would soon be opened for use by members of the public as the approval for its rehabilitation further reaffirmed the status of Badagry as a major tourism destination in Lagos State and by extension, Nigeria.
“The rehabilitation, remodelling and equipping of the Vlekete Slave Market museum with historical artefacts have now reached over 95 per cent completion stage and would soon be commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who has given approval for the museum based on his conviction about the importance of the historical narratives behind the project.”
Mrs Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, stated that when the museum is finished, it will re-enact the slave trade’s memory.
“The Vlekete Slave Market was adjudged to be one of the most populous slave markets in West Africa during the slave trade period.
“When the international museum is completed, it will serve as a major tourism attraction for Nigerians within and outside the country and also re-enact the memory of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and its abolition several decades ago,” she said.
Mr Olatunde Lawal, Director, Monument Management Department, praised the contractor who handled the museum’s re-modeling for a job well done.