Unity fountain closed down for repairs

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Unity Fountain [Photo: Deji Adeyanju].

The famous Unity Fountain in Abuja has been closed down for repairs and upgrade.

This was known in a statement by Anthony Ogunleye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mohammad Bello.

The statement released on Tuesday said the closure of the edifice is temporary as it will be reopened to the public on completion of the upgrade.

The premises is usually being used by Nigerians for anti-government protests.

“The FCT Administration has viewed with concern the state of several parks and gardens including the Unity Fountain along Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama,” the statement read.

“It is against this background and the symbolic nature of the unity fountain as a location symbolizing the oneness of the Nigerian people, that the FCT Administration has deemed it expedient to upgrade this facility.

“As a result, the unity fountain will be closed for this upgrade for between 60-90 days to allow for construction work which will include the provision of a car park, landscaping, and perimeter fencing,” it added.