- Says it will create jobs for local entrepreneurs
(Report by Udeme Clement):
Ekiti State Goveror Dr. Kayode Fayemi has assured that the State is determined to make 2021 NAFEST a memorable experience.
He said that Ekiti is the most suitable State to host a national programme of this magnitude, adding that Ekiti State is one of the most peaceful and hospitable places in the country.
He spoke at the inauguration of Local Organising Committee (LOC), for NAFEST 2021, in Government House, Ado Ekiti yesterday.
He revealed that Ekiti State will host the featival from November 13 to 20 this year.
Governor Fayemi urged members of LOC to put in their best and write their names in gold. “Justify the confidence repose in you . There is a nexus between culture and development,” he added.
He promised members of LOC his support and urged them to discharge their duty with dedication, so that the programme will be remarkable.
The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe commemded Governor Fayemi for the administrative structure being put in palce, culminating in the constitution of the State LOC being inuagurated.
He assured that the ciuncil will work closely with the State to ensure that this year’s NAFEST will be unique.
“Looking at the theme of the festival Celebrating national unity in diversity, there is no better State and time to celebrate this diversity and strength of the Nigerian nation and her people than Ekiti, ” he said.
Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, culture and tourism, Prof Rasaki Ojo Bakare, described the inauguration as historic becàuse it is the first time LOC of a national event of this magnitude is being inuagurated in the State
He noted that in the last two years, culture and tourism sectors of the State have witnessed great and remarkable revolution.
According to him, the right to host NAFEST this year is borne out of determination of the State to make Ekiti a beehive of economic activities. “This is with the consciousness to stimulate tourism activities and create jobs for our local entrepreneurs.
Thus further bears another testimony to the genuineness of government intention to eradicate poverty by attracting local and global investment opportunities to the State,” he said.
The ceremony witnessed presentation of gifts by Otunba Runsewe to Governor Fayemi, his wife and Prof Bakare.