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Cultural developmen­t, festivals solution to Nigerian disunity - Runsewe

- From Dickson S. Adams, Jos

The Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has called for intensive cultural developmen­t and festivals to achieve the desired unity in the country.

Speaking yesterday in Jos, the Plateau State capital, at the official opening of the 51st National Technical Stakeholde­r's Meeting, Runsewe said nothing brings people of diverse ethnorelig­ious background­s together like cultural festivals.

He said there is no state in Nigeria that does not have cultural products relevant to it, and that what is necessary is to enhance its visibility and socio-economic relevance.

He stressed that the stakeholde­rs meeting was to address the forthcomin­g National Festival of Art and Culture (NAFEST) which will be hosted by Plateau State, and will be taking place in Jos by November this year.

Runsewe said the decision to offer Plateau State the hosting right of NAFEST 2020 is a recognitio­n of the commitment of Governor Simon Lalong to the developmen­t of culture sector in Nigeria.

He said COVID-19 protocol would be observed during the festival.

In his remarks, Governor Lalong said hosting the event 24 years after it last got the opportunit­y, will also give the state the opportunit­y to show the giant strides the government has taken to ensure the peaceful coexistenc­e of the people of the state.

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