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Oba Follulu Of Lagos

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what annual amount from Government sources is paid to the Oba Follulu of Lagos and for what purpose; and to what extent the Nigerian Government are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the Oba's palace.

The Oba is paid £500 a year in recognition of his position as head of the House of Docemo. So far as my right hon. Friend is aware the Nigerian Government accept no responsibility for the upkeep of his house.

But will the hon. Gentleman see whether this building, which is in a bad state of repair, cannot be recognised as an ancient monument of Nigeria and be, therefore, the responsibility of the Nigerian Government?

The Nigerian Government lent this gentleman some money to renovate the house. He renovated it and repaid the money but, apart from that, we have no responsibility.