The Federal Government has unveiled plans to mark 100 years of Nigeria’s existence as a nation. This was disclosed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, on Monday while unveiling the programme in Lagos at a Private Sector Stakeholders Engagement Forum on the Centenary Project.
informationnigeria.com reports that on Jan. 1, 1914, the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria were formally amalgamated into one country and Jan. 1, 2014 marks 100 years of Nigeria’s union as a nation.
The celebration would begin on Jan. 19, would be flagged off by President Goodluck Jonathan. with a presidential dinner where Jonathan would light the centenary touch and unveil the centenary logo.
He stated that Jonathan would also launch the centenary official portal, present the centenary documentary part one (Nigeria’s History) and programme of events.
“The president will also flag off the 100 centenary projects initiatives as well as introduce the company that won the exclusive right to the centenary project,” he said.
The SGF disclosed that a centenary city would be built on Airport Road in Abuja. According to him, the city which will be private-sector driven, will occupy more than 1, 000 hectares of land.
Anyim said the city would have a five-year development cycle and would accommodate 100, 000 residents.
He further explained that the centenary project was proposed to be a private sector driven initiative, anchored on enduring history project, the commemorative events and the history and heritage programme. (NAN)