Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has urged residents of the state to continue with the tradition of the annual carnival after May 29 when he would no longer be in government.
He spoke on Saturday while addressing a large crowd of participants at the Tafawa Balewa Square, venue of the 2015 Lagos Carnival.
Fashola urged the sponsors, participants, designers and makers of the costumes to continue to work hard to improve on what his administration had done.
The governor described the day as a great family day when children and parents could have fun together, adding that the nation had many young people whose energy needed to be channeled to productive means.
He said it would be the last time he would be addressing the carnival as the governor of the state, adding he hoped the tradition would be sustained.
Fashola said, “We have built a great team and it couldn’t have happened without you. So for me, it is time to say thank you very much; you have been wonderful over the years and it is also time to say bye-bye. God bless you.”
The various contingents of participants had earlier gone on a procession through different routes like Bourdillon Road to Giwa Barracks, Falomo Roundabout, Awolowo Road, King George V Road, Bamgbose, Campos Square, and Catholic Mission Street to the Tafawa Balewa Square.
The participating carnival groups included Lafiaji, Epetedo, Oko Faji, Locomotion, Obalende, Isale-Eko, Ogba, Woro Group, Ikeja, Emerald, Surulere, Ilasamaja, with many of the members made up of predominantly the youth.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire; Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; and the All Progressives Congress Woman Leader in the South West, Chief Kemi Nelson, among others.
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