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  The Lagos State government, acting through the Lagos State Safety Commission, has urgently ordered the closure of the Lekki Conservation Centre. This directive was communicated by Lanre Mojola, the Director General/CEO of the safety commission, in a post on Instagram on Tuesday evening, citing a viral video depicting the deteriorating state of the facility as the basis for the decision. It’s important to note that the commission had initially conveyed this order on Monday through a post on Facebook.
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According to Mojola, the viral video recorded in December prompted a swift response, leading to the initiation of necessary repairs. However, he clarified that
“The LCC has been closed for extensive maintenance since 16th of January. The Lagos Safety Commission and Lagos Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor the situation for the safety of everyone.”
In a recent video, an individual expressed concerns about the deteriorating condition of the canopy walk bridge at the centre, highlighting visible damages and cautioning visitors to exercise vigilance. The Lekki Conservation Centre, established in 1990 across 78 hectares (190 acres), serves as a crucial natural resource conservation area. Originally designed for biodiversity conservation, the current state of the facility raises doubts about its ability to fulfil its intended purpose. The management of LCC also issued a press statement, confirming the closure for maintenance and announcing plans to reopen on February 1, 2024.

About Lekki Conservation Centre

Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC), nestled in the heart of Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria, stands as a testament to the commitment of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) to biodiversity conservation. Established in 1990 on the Lekki Peninsula, this 78-hectare (190-acre) natural resource conservation area is more than just a park – it’s a sanctuary for the region’s diverse flora and fauna.

History and Mission

Built by Chevron Corporation for NCF, the LCC was conceived to shield the rich biodiversity of the Lekki Peninsula from the encroachment of urban development. The project started in 1987 when potential areas were surveyed, eventually choosing Lekki as the perfect location for a demonstration site. NCF’s mission goes beyond preservation; it’s a dedication to sustainable development and nature conservation, fostering environmental awareness and responsible resource use.
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Exploring the Reserve

Covering a vast land area next to the Lekki Lagoon and Lagos Lagoon, the reserve protects the wetlands of the Lekki Peninsula, comprising swamp and savannah habitats. As visitors approach, a stunning boulevard of coconut trees guides them to a well-organized car and Visitors Park. The reserve boasts an abundance of plant and animal life, making it an ideal destination for wildlife viewing.

Unique Features

Raised walkways offer a captivating view of animals like monkeys, crocodiles, snakes, and various birds. The reserve also features a conservation centre and a library. A figure-of-eight system of footpaths, hiking trails, and stepping stones for water crossings enriches the experience. A trail boardwalk, constructed in 1992, enhances tourists’ views of the mangrove terrain, offering side attractions like a swamp outlook, bird hide, rest stops, and a tree house.

Conservation Efforts

LCC’s dedication to conservation is evident in its efforts to protect various species from extinction. Mammals like bushbucks, crocodiles, mona monkeys, squirrels, snakes, monitor lizards, duikers, giant rats, and hogs find refuge within the reserve. The open grasslands host bushbucks, Maxwell’s duikers, giant rats, hogs, mongooses, chameleons, squirrels, and a diverse array of birdlife. The park rangers act as knowledgeable guides during excursions.

Noteworthy Attractions

The nature reserve traverses various vegetation types, including secondary forest, swamp forest, and savanna grassland. An auditorium-shaped structure hosts lectures, conferences, and seminars. Rare collections of pictures of endangered species add an educational touch to the oval hall. The LCC also boasts the Longest Canopy Walkway in Africa, providing visitors with an exhilarating experience high above the ground.
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Final Thoughts

The Lekki Conservation Centre invites nature enthusiasts, students, and curious minds to explore its captivating landscape, fostering a deeper appreciation for biodiversity and environmental conservation. However, there is a need for proper maintenance to achieve these.
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This article was first published on 27th January 2024 and updated on January 29th, 2024 at 10:25 am


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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