The first storey building in Nigeria in Badagry, Lagos State, recorded a drop in the number of visitors between January and June this year, according to its curator, Daniel Hodonu. Hodonu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that 5100 tourists visited the historic house from January to June this year compared with 7433 recorded same period in 2017.
He said that reduction in tourists that visited the 172-year-old structure in 2018 was due to the deplorable state of Lagos – Badagry expressway leading to the ancient city. The foundation of the building was laid in 1842 and was completed in 1845. “In the first six months of 2017, about 7,433 people visited the monument compared to 5,100 visitors and tourists that visited in the first six months of this year.
“The major factors that discourage the visitors from coming is bad road and the bad economic situation of the country. The road that leads to Badagry is not motorable; motorists and passengers spend between four and five hours in gridlocks while coming to the town,” he said. Hodonu said that the building continued attracting more tourists because of proper maintenance and the ability to preserve its originality.