Members of the Local Organising Committee for the 34th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture
The Director General of the National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has called on Nigerians to always tolerate one another and respect the culture and tradition of various ethnic tribes to promote national cohesion and peace.
He also advised the state governments to leverage the potentials of the nation’s culture, arts and tourism sector to stimulate socio-economic growth of their various states.
Otunba Runsewe spoke in Ado Ekiti at the Inauguration of members of the Local Organising Committee for the 34th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST to be hosted by Ekiti state in November this year.
Otunba Runsewe stressed that Nigeria is a country with diverse ethnic groups, hence the need for individuals to respect the norms and values of each tribe.
He noted that the idea of NAFEST was to integrate culture and arts as catalysts to build and create a more united and stronger Nigeria.
Otunba Runsewe said Ekiti state was selected to host the next edition of the festival as a result of her readiness after the feasibility studies carried out by the council.
While inaugurating the committee, Governor Kayode Fayemi stressed that his government had activated various activities in the arts and culture which had stimulated tourism businesses as well as creative entrepreneurship.
Governor Fayemi promised that government would provide logistics and financial support to ensure success of the national festival.
Also the state commissioner for Arts and culture professor Razaki Bakare expressed the intention of the state to use the festival to eradicate poverty by attracting local and global investment opportunities to Ekiti.
Professor Bakare who is the chairman of the committee urged members to justify their nomination through commitment towards making the festival a success.