By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State government has vowed to strengthen ethnic and religious harmony in the state through its annual Lagos Countdown Festival, as residents from different walks of life trooped out in large number, on new year eve, to attend the second edition at the Bar beach.

*Gov Fashola
*Gov Fashola

Over 50 Nigerian music stars, including Tuface Idibia, D Banj,Skuki, Sound Sultan, KC, Wizkid, Don Jazzy and Timaya, Olamide. Burna Boy, Black Magic  Ketchup, trilled the crowd with some of their hit tracks at the event which ended early into the new year.

Speaking with journalists, Governor Bababtunde Fashola said he would continue to provide a conducive environment for the growth of the entertainment industry and more avenues for residents to catch fun in the state.

Fashola, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, said the festival had come to stay.

He explained that government had achieved the purpose of initiating the festival by ensuring that residents from diverse religious and ethnic groups converge and strengthen their relationship in the new year.

Managing Director of Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency, LASAA, George Noah, said the festival had further exposed the huge potentials in the nation’s entertainment industry, adding that it was capable of fast-tracking socio-economic growth of the state.

Noah expressed delight with the peaceful conduct of the event, despite the huge crowd and attributed such to unity of purpose among various security agencies.

He said the event, which is just two year-old, was of international standard.
There was spectacular fireworks display at twelve midnight December 2013 which lasted over thirty minutes till the first day of January 2014.

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