Kwara to prioritise arts, culture in 2020
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has hinted that his administration give top priority to the development of the culture sector in the state in the current year.
Speaking in offa during the 8th Ijakadi Festival held last Saturday at the olofa Stadium, Abdulrazaq said a part of the 2020 budget would be dedicated to promoting the rich cultural heritage and festivals of the people of the state.
He said to the residents of offa, “The Ijakadi Festival, for example, typifies your resilience and ingenuity as a people and this has continued to make you critical stakeholders in the socio-economic and political space of Kwara State. I urge you to never relent in this regard because healthy competition – devoid of destructive jealousy – is key to development.
“The 2020 budget contains provisions to promote our cultural heritage as Kwarans, as well as to project our festivals to the world, as part of our efforts to make tourism a major revenue earner for the state.”
Also speaking at the festival, the olofa of offa, oba Mufutau Gbadamosi (esuwoye II), who announced the conferment of a traditional title of “Asoludero” on Abdulrazaq, said that the governor had made history as the first to attend the event since it began eight years ago.
The monarch said, “I gave him the traditional title of Soludero (the comforter of offa Land) because his attendance shows his love for culture and community development
“This is the eighth edition of Ijakadi festival and His excellency is the first Governor to attend this programme. I’m giving him the title of Soludero of offa Land. That’s a mark of our appreciation for your coming.
“This event is about our love for equity, justice and fairness. We have always shown the way not only in Kwara but in Northern Nigeria. We are always helping our community,” the olofa said.
Highlight of the festival was the traditional wrestling contest between the olofa and eesa, one of his high chiefs, which was won by oba Gbadamosi, as well as the horizontal slicing of a piece of yam into two equal parts, among others.