The edifice built before Independence in 1960 had housed several Presidents and Military Heads of State.
Mr Jalal Arabi, the Permanent Secretary, State House, Abuja, while handing over the property, urged Lagos State Government to judiciously use the edifice, maintain it and protect its structural and historic integrity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had, in 2016, approved the handing over of the State House to Lagos.
NAN reports that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode had made a formal request to the Presidency to have the presidential lodge released to Lagos to enable the state to transform the Marina-Onikan axis into a world-class arts and tourism hub.
The edifice built before Independence in 1960 had housed several Presidents and Military Heads of State, before the relocation of the nation’s capital to Abuja.
"We are gathered here to transfer the State House, Marina to the Lagos State Government and it is all in the spirit of togetherness, the same Nigeria, unity for a purpose."
“Nothing has changed and nothing is lost,” Arabi said in an emotion laden speech.
Also, Mr Tunji Bello, Secretary to the State Government, while receiving the State House, commended President Buhari for his statesman-like gesture in releasing the edifice to Lagos.
Bello said that handing over of the edifice was an affirmation of the healthy intergovernmental relationship existing between the Federal and Lagos State Government.
He assured the presidency that the state government would put the edifice to the best use and, "ensure its transformation without compromising its structural integrity and preserve its architectural finesse’’.
Bello said, "We will ensure that the edifice becomes a tourist destination which residents of Lagos, in particular and Nigerians in general, will not only be proud of, but compare to similar ones in distant locations."