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NAFEST: La­long wants pro­mo­tion of Nige­ria’s image through cul­ture, food

- From Dick­son S. Adams, Jos Nigeria News · Travel · Nigeria · National Council of Austria · Plateau State · New Westminster

Plateau State Gover­nor Si­mon La­long yes­ter­day ad­vo­cated pro­mo­tion of the na­tion’s image through cul­ture, food and indige­nous fab­rics.

He said the Na­tional Fes­ti­val for Arts and Cul­ture as a plat­form to show­case the po­ten­tial of Nige­ria and mar­ket its rich cul­tural her­itage, say­ing this would boost eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and the progress of the coun­try.

He spoke at the Govern­ment House in Jos while re­ceiv­ing the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee of NAFEST led by the Direc­torGen­eral of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Arts and Cul­ture, Otunba Se­gun Run­sewe.

He said the state would do all it could to com­plete the Luka Bentu Theatre for the NAFEST 2020 billed to hold in Jos next month.

He said Plateau was hon­oured to host the NAFEST 2020 be­cause it would fur­ther con­firm the peace and tran­quil­ity in the state.

“We have to pro­mote our cul­ture and her­itage which is a great as­set. If we do not mar­ket Nige­ria, no one can mar­ket it for us. Our fo­cus is to de­velop tourism and cul­ture as an­other way of har­ness­ing eco­nomic and so­cial re­sources. This ex­plains why it is dif­fi­cult to leave Plateau when peo­ple come here,” La­long said.

NCAC Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Run­sewe, said: “Plateau State is an at­trac­tion to peo­ple within and out­side Nige­ria. By restor­ing peace to the state, you’ve in­creased the in­vi­ta­tion for de­vel­op­ment and progress of the peo­ple. This is why tourism and cul­ture can now be used as a tool for im­prov­ing the eco­nomic for­tunes of the peo­ple and show­cas­ing the hos­pi­tal­ity and beauty of Plateau. This we shall achieve by stag­ing NAFEST”.

Mean­while, the com­mit­tee also vis­ited Ja­cob Gyang Buba, Gbong Gwom Jos, who said NAFEST 2020 would boost the state’s cul­tural and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

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