Operators of park and recreation centres in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday unanimously resolved to enhance the quality and standard of services on offer at the centres.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents, who spoke with some of the park and recreation centre’s operators, report that the operators agreed to make the parks more befitting for relaxation.
Mr Paul Uko, the Manager of the privately owned Wonderland Recreational Park, located at the Abuja city gate, said the management had made it a point of duty not to renege on standard.
He added that it was the responsibility of the recreational park to make the place befitting for customers.
Uko added that the management was offering a promo for the members of the public, stressing that out of four members of the family only one would be charge while others would be allowed free entrance.
``We started the promo on May 1 and it will last till the 31 of May, this is our own way of paying the public for their patronage. ``
He said the issue of security which had been the concern of everybody had been taken into consideration as policemen were always on ground to provide security.
According to him, the State Security Service and other security agencies often visit the centres, especially during the festive periods to ensure that the premises were save.
When NAN sought to know if the charges differed during festive periods, Uko said they had always been consistent with charges since the last five years, adding that there was no plan to increase it for now.
Mr Victor Ibrahim, a Security Guard at the Millennium Park, told NAN that the park had always had the interest of the public at heart, adding however that plans were on to raise the standard at the parks.
He said the management had no intention to sell food, snacks, ice cream, but the public were at liberty to bring such items from their home.
``We don’t give out mat for people to relax here, but they can either bring it from home or rent here, and we have people who sell food and rent out things to make visitors comfortable, including photographers,`` Ibrahim said.
Abu Yaro, Manager at the Zoological Garden Area 1, said since government handed over the garden to a private manager, it had witnessed an increase in the numbers of animals in the garden.
According to him, there are different kinds of animals here for fun seekers; we have baboons, crocodile, and monkey of different types.
Yaro said a tortoise that was as old as 76 years was in the zoo, stating that it was handed over to the zoo by a whiteman.
As at the time NAN visited, activities were low, but Yaro said it used to record high patronage at the weekends and during public holidays. (NAN)