NCAC unveals plans for culture, tourism nationwide

NCAC unveals plans for culture, tourism nationwide

National Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC, says it has revealed plans to   advance  culture and tourism nationwide, expressing enthusiasm with  the ministry activities in Nigeria last year.

The NCAC said it will   embark on culture and tourism evangelism  in all the 36 states of federation  as it is one the drivers to achieve economic stability.

The NCAC  has also singled out Lagos, Rivers, Cross-River, Kaduna, Plateau and Edo States for engaging and promoting robust culture and tourism activities in 2018, which helped create a window for organized local and international visits across Nigeria.

Speaking Director-General NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe whose office organized some of the most notable cultural festivals in Nigeria last year such as National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) and International Arts and Crafts Exposition (INAC), noted that the upbeats in culture activities from all states in the country would help to sustain an all year and season holiday culture in Nigeria and also anchors certified cultural festivals as tourism products to help local and international tour operators in marketing Nigeria to the world.

According to Runsewe, World Crafts Council, Africa region, what took place around the country last year is a revolution which would place Nigeria in its rightful place in global tourism community.

He noted that the 50 billion naira spending by holiday makers in Lagos is a huge eye opener to what can tickle down  to operators of businesses and the service industry, adding that what is needed now is to see that the industry is well organized and turned up to create jobs for Nigerians. He said Lagos state government is doing well in tourism and prays that the state will continue to provide the leader-ship in strategic tourism activities more than ever before.

To Cross-River, Runsewe commended the governor for making carnival Calabar to take new shape last year through an authentic African Theme which calls for top mind awareness and revival of African cul-ture to help open the continent to visits and collaboration. Indeed, the 26 foreign nations that visited and actually participated in the Calabar carnival, Runsewe observed, has taken the cultural carnival to another level.

As Nigeria’s chief marketing officer, Runsewe explained that the cultural intervention in Rivers state during NAFEST, presented Nigeria culture to the world in an uncommon way and adding that he would remain grateful to Governor NyesonWike of River State.

The Durbar in Kaduna and the refocused attention to rewrite and reposition tourism in Plateau by Governor El-Rufai and Simon Lalong respectively added up to give Nigeria the desired rebound that the world is expecting from Africa’s biggest black nation, he noted.

Not left out in Runsewe’s ranking is also Edo State which came to town last year with its EdoFest, tar-geting Edo people and their friends outside Nigeria. The strategic attention, to which that festival gave the repatriation of Edo relics and Artifacts in foreign museums, marks it out as a holiday event to watch in Nigeria. Significantly, Edo is the host ground for NAFEST 2019, thereby expected to be in the fore-front cultural discussion throughout the year, Runsewe further explained.

BY EBERE CHIBUZOR

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