Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has assured that the state is determined to make this year’s National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) a memorable experience.
He spoke at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for NAFEST 2021 at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, yesterday. Ekiti will host the festival between November 13 and 20.
Fayemi said Ekiti was the most suitable state to host such a national programme, adding that it is one of the most peaceful and hospitable places in the country.
While urging members of the LOC to put in their best and write their names in gold, he charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them, as “there is a nexus between culture and development.”
He promised members of the LOC support and urged them to discharge their duty with dedication so that they can give a NAFEST everybody will be proud of.
Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, commended Fayemi for the administrative structure being put in place, culminating in the constitution of the state’s LOC. He assured that the council would work closely with the state to ensure that this year’s festival will be a “NAFEST with a difference.”
“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,” he said.
Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Prof. Rasaki Ojo Bakare, described the inauguration as historic because it is the first time the LOC of a national event of such magnitude is being done in the state, noting that in the last two years, culture and tourism sectors of the state have witnessed great and remarkable revolution.
He said that the right to host NAFEST this year is borne out of determination of the state to make Ekiti a beehive of social economic activities.
“This is with the consciousness to stimulate tourism activities and create prosperity for our local entrepreneurs and traders. 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.