The Lagos State government has denied claims that it was planning to replace the statues of the late MKO Abiola and the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the Ojota parks with other monuments.

There were reports that the government had concluded plans to replace the effigies of the two icons following the ongoing remodeling of both parks.

But the state’s Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinshola on Tuesday said the ongoing remodeling of both parks was to accommodate bigger sculptures of the two prominent Nigerians.

According to her, “Rather than replace the two conspicuous monuments, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture with the approval of Gov Akinwunmi Ambode commissioned group of artists to remodel the entire park and erect a new but bigger, better and more aesthetic sculpture of the two prominent Nigerians for better appreciation of their contribution to the development of Nigeria.”

She said the government was already set to complete the remodeling of Late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola Garden at Ojota with a new statue and water fountain to enhance the aesthetic value of the park for better appreciation by visitors, and enhancement of the June 12 presidential election narrative.

The Acting Commissioner said the remodeling work on MKO Abiola statues commenced late January 2017 and was presently about 70 percent complete.

She said the project also includes additional facilities such as a water fountain and a designated mini park, adding that the Gani Fawehinmi sculpture also at Ojota was about 60 percent complete, while the park was being enhanced with another work of art called “The Possibility”.