By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Stakeholders in the Arts and Culture sector said investing and promoting Arts and culture will panacea Nigeria’s unity ,and disengagement any form of agitation and hate speech in the country.
This was disclosed during the closing ceremony of the 10th African Arts and Crafts Expo ( AFAC) in Abuja.
The stakeholders lamented that there is a need for citizens to look back from where we are all coming from “ it is good for us as citizens to maintained what our hero’s of past have kept for like are landmarks, our struggles,culture that speak our pride ,our dynamics as a peoples and our unity in diversity. That’s why Arts and culture can go along way in fostering our unity “.
The Head of Civil Service of the federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo- Ita, declared that hate speeches, disunity and every other forms of unrest in Nigeria closed.
Mrs Oyo-Ita who chaired the 10th edition of African Arts and Craft Exhibition (AFAC 2017) in Abuja, made the remark in her closing prayer saying “I want to also declare all hate speeches, all disunity, all forms of unrest and crisis closed,”.
The Head of Civil Service boss, charged all states to participate in subsequent editions to showcase the best of their arts and craft.
Consequently, the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Runsewe Affirmed that that the 2017 AFAC has set a new benchmark. The event increased both domestic and international traffic in Abuja in the number of days that it lasted .
“ The delegates from states , local government, NGOs and higher institutions of learning are a significant domestic tourist arrival for Abuja while foreign countries and their 250 exhibitors and official greatly contributed to the international Tourist inflow”.
Runsewe who emphasised that AFAC has provided a platform for both professional and social networking and mutual understanding, “ it has generated across national and intercontinental divides that are quiet important input into the creating a positive image for Nigeria on the world stages”.
However, Kaduna state emerged the best exhibitor of AFAC 2017.
Some other states which won laurels were Abia, Delta, Bayelsa, Ogun, Kebbi, Kogi and Katsina Countries that took part in the event include Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Gambia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon which came first among other countries.