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A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:31pm On Dec 03, 2018
Following our group's trip to the Freedom Park, formerly 'Her Majesty's Broad Street Prison in Lagos island in September (Read about it here: https://www.nairaland.com/4868531/corpers-trip-freedom-park-lagos ), we scheduled another visit to the JJT Park in Alausa area of Ikeja, Lagos State.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:33pm On Dec 03, 2018
So on Thursday 16th November, 2018 we all set out from our different locations and converged at about 9:00am at the park, which is a few metres from Lagos State House of Assembly. Our guide arrived and our tour began with a bit of history behind the park.

The park was officially opened to the public on 13th December 2017, by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in honour of:

Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, (J)

Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, (J)

and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, (T).

These were former governors of Lagos. Although they weren't the only past governors of the state, their administration's incredible efforts shaped the state to what it is today. They are the political triumvirate of the littoral state.


1. Brigadier Johnson, laid the foundation as the pioneer Governor of the newly created Lagos State in 1967 and constructed the Lagos–Badagry Expressway linking Nigeria with countries in the West African sub region, the Itoikin Bridge linking Epe and Ikorodu; the Eko Bridge and a network of roads and bridges that opened up the new Lagos.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:35pm On Dec 03, 2018
2. Alhaji Jakande, was the first elected Civilian Governor of Lagos State who's administration introduced masses-oriented programme such as the successful implementation of the Free Education Programme, the establishment of new neighbourhood Primary and Secondary schools, and also construction of over 30,000 housing units in different parts of the State for the benefit of low income earners.
His tenure also witnessed the completion of the General Hospitals in Gbagada and Ikorodu as well as the establishment of about 20 health centres within the State. Alhaji Lateef Jakande conceived and initiated the Metro line transit system that would have provided a solution to the challenge being experienced in the transportation sector today.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:37pm On Dec 03, 2018
3. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's administration developed the blue print for the future development of the State and which successive administrations have continued to build upon and actualize today.
One of his remarkable achievements was the reform of the State Tax administration system which resulted in the State attaining the status of the most viable and self sustaining State in Nigeria. He also made huge investments in education and initiated new road constructions, required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the State.
The 'Jagaban' as he's commonly called, also established the institutional framework which ensured that the State was efficiently run through introduction of agencies like LIRS, LAMATA, LASTMA, etc. It's said that one can't simply talk about the history of Lagos State without mention of the 'Jagaban'.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:40pm On Dec 03, 2018
About the Park

According to our guide, the park covers a total land area of approximately 21,800 square metres and managed by the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK).
The park has zero entrance fee, so a one does not have to pay to enter the park or use it's facilities. Well, except if the park is rented out for sponsored events like Musical concerts, wedding receptions, etc.
The park opens at 8:00am and closes at 6:30pm.
Unfortunately, there is no car parking space provided for visitors. So one has to park somewhere else close.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:44pm On Dec 03, 2018
Interesting spots in the Park:

*A massive statue of Eyo Masquerade, a cultural identity of Lagos State. A water fountain surrounds the statue with a wooden bridge to cross through to the opposite ends of the statue.


*A cage that houses an assortment of exotic birds.


Lalasticlala mynd44

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:51pm On Dec 03, 2018
*In the middle of the park sits an elevated bust of the political triumvirate (Johnson, Jakande and Tinubu). This is unarguably the most interesting spot in the JJT Park.

Lalasticlala mynd44

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 3:54pm On Dec 03, 2018
*A lyrical fountain who's water rises and falls in rhythm with beats of song played. Our guide gave the first timers among us an opportunity to watch how the fountain works, and it was quite the sight cool.

*A circling of national flags representing the 54 nations in Africa. The elevated busts of JJT are situated at the centre of this circling.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 4:02pm On Dec 03, 2018
*Individual busts of the former honoured governors around the park.

*A beautiful Kid's playground with fun equipment to keep visiting children busy. The playground is a cool spot for birthday shoots, (we met several shoots ongoing during our tour).

*Games: There's a spot where Chess game set is available for those who are interested to play at zero cost cool. Just find and opponent and slug it out there

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 4:03pm On Dec 03, 2018
*There is a food court in the park, although they had only drinks to serve on our visit. So if you're intending to have a picnic, you can come along with your food (or get from shoprite which is just a few kilometres away).

*Internet: Within the park arena is the presence of a free internet Wi-fi, provided for visitors in the Park. Although the day we visited, the WiFi wasn't functioning.


Conclusion

The park sits in a serene area of Lagos state, devoid of the typical Lagos noise and dirt. So this makes it a good place to go to and relax, read a novel or even meditate.
Although, due to the quietness of the place, it could be a boring for some used to loud life of eko grin or those who come alone. Also, the Park is barely a year old so the facilities are still very new, functioning and exciting to use.
The park is an ideal free spot for friend's hang out, tour, meetings, picnic and fun in general. Parts of (or whole of) the park can be rented out to those in need of it for any event, which is managed by LASPARK.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 4:05pm On Dec 03, 2018
If you haven't been to JJT Park before now, this yuletide season is an ideal opportunity for you to pay the place a visit.

The end


Cc' Explorers , lalasticlala , Dominique , Mynd44 ,DisGuy , justwise

Credits:

https://thefisayo.com/6-things-johnson-jakande-tinubu-jjt-park-review-new-park-lagos/

https://www.thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2017/12/jjt-park-honour-for-the-triumvirate/



Also read about our tour to Freedom Park (formerly Her Majesty's Broad Street Prison) here:
https://www.nairaland.com/4868531/corpers-trip-freedom-park-lagos

Read about another trip I made with friends to Nike art gallery here:

https://www.nairaland.com/4967944/visit-nike-art-gallery-lekki

Another one to Lekki conservation centre here:

http://20somethingsteps.com.ng/2019/06/20/the-lekki-conservation-center-a-visit-to-nature/

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by DisGuy: 4:27pm On Dec 03, 2018
Very nice decent Park, but i'll avoid going during holidays or events except you like crowded place

visited few months after is was completed and open to the public
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 4:41pm On Dec 03, 2018
DisGuy:
Very nice decent Park, but i'll avoid going during holidays or events except you like crowded place

visited few months after is was completed and open to the public


all our trips (including this) have always been done in the mornings, since they're mostly for educational purposes. And at morning periods, you barely meet folks there so you can do what you like without anyone disturbing your space

thanks chief
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Raydos(m): 8:13pm On Dec 03, 2018
I'll be there soon
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Mizwisdom(f): 9:27pm On Dec 03, 2018
Hope to be there soon
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by nonye6194: 11:50pm On Jan 19
nonye6194:
Following our group's trip to the Freedom Park, formerly 'Her Majesty's Broad Street Prison in Lagos island in September (Read about it here: https://www.nairaland.com/4868531/corpers-trip-freedom-park-lagos ), we scheduled another visit to the JJT Park in Alausa area of Ikeja, Lagos State.

Lalasticlala mynd44

Lalasticlala how is the baby smiley . Food is ready, front page material. Next time, snake will be added grin

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Flattino(m): 11:53pm On Jan 19
Yoruba land is blessed .
But the wicked person that did this Tinubu own had to lay emphasis on the eyeballs . Lmfao . Wicked people grin

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Ruddyman(m): 8:57am On Jan 20
Lovely
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Treasure17(m): 12:13pm On Jan 26
Beautiful. Hope to visit the place one of these days.
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by hisexcellency34: 1:06pm On Jan 26
Kudos to Ambode

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by ClearFlair: 1:08pm On Jan 26
PDP will not like this. They don’t like things that don’t involve stealing.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by earthsync(f): 1:10pm On Jan 26
Nice one
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by sundayoga(m): 1:12pm On Jan 26
Alright
Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Prolificient(m): 1:16pm On Jan 26
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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Jiang(m): 1:22pm On Jan 26
nonye6194:
*In the middle of the park sits an elevated bust of the political triumvirate (Johnson, Jakande and Tinubu). This is unarguably the most interesting spot in the JJT Park.

Lalasticlala mynd44

Guy we know you sabi English, no need for words like "triumvirate" "bust( can't you say sculpture) & other sophisticated bullshyt, speak plainly with easy words that ALL ur intended audience can understand, it's just so annoying that when reading anything by Nigerians you have to keep consulting Google, due to the unnecessary complicated words.


Even the people who brought the English language to Nigeria don't use those words when intending to reach a wider audience.

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Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Yemicrakz1: 1:29pm On Jan 26
Post since December?

Mods bet why?

Re: A Visit To JJT Park, Lagos State. by Originalsly: 1:29pm On Jan 26
Very good coverage. Wonder why they would trap the birds in that small cage?...birds native to Lagos?..... but most important to me...... @op...I need to find out something from the one in the fourth to last pix wearing the big broad smile... can you forward me a link?...great or small?

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