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IN BADAGRY: LASG set to celebrate annual Coconut Heritage Festival

The Lagos State government in collaboration with the African Coconut Heritage Initiatives has concluded plans to host the 7th edition of the Coconut Heritage Festival tagged ‘AGUNKEFEST’ in commemoration of the 2018 World Coconut Day.

The event is scheduled to hold on Sunday, 2nd September, 2018 at the Suntan Beach Front, Badagry.

According to the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson, the objective of the “celebration is to provide an avenue by the Lagos State Government to create awareness on the array of invaluable economic, health and environmental benefits that coconut offers amidst cultural manifestation.

“In addition, the festival intends to draw global attention and beam searchlight on Badagry division of the state thereby showcasing its rich cultural and traditional values to attract both domestic and international tourists to the division.”

Giwanson added that the celebration is in line with the state government commitment to develop every division of the state as well showcase its cultural and economic potentials.

The event is scheduled to kickoff with a symposium in the morning on the theme of the celebration, Harnessing Coconut Production for Economic Empowerment and Tourism Development in Lagos State’ which will be delivered by an authority in the coconut industry, Dr. Charles Aisagbonhi, the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Institute of Oil Palm Research Benin, Edo State.

This will be followed up with a grand finale ceremony, where all stakeholders in the industry and coconut value chain will exhibit their products. The day is scheduled to be rounded up with cultural displays and entertainment amongst different communities in the 57 local governments and local councils.

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