By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has promised to enrich the cultural content of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) with robust presence of Benin royalty and culture never seen anywhere before now.
Speaking at a pre NAFEST 2019 engagement meeting with the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe at Government House in Benin City, Gov Obaseki noted that Edo being the cultural nerve centre of Nigeria, will bring its rich cultural experience to emblish the growing influence of Nafest as the true face of Nigeria cultural festival, and unity adding that Edo state under his watch is honoured to fly the cultural flag of the nation at a time with this in the history of Nigeria.
He also commended NCAC Director General, Otunba Runsewe for the very strategic uncommon turnaround of the fortunes of the national festival into refreshing iconic gathering of the best of Nigeria culture less than two years in office, urging him to break more records.
“With what you have done with NAFEST, some of us are reassured that Nigeria can rebound in all aspects of our national life and we are proud to have you at the centre as key partner to take Nigeria out of the woods to the promised land”. Obaseki stated.
The 2019 edition of the Festival slated for Edo state in October, Governor Obaseki has immediately directed the state commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Osewingie Ero to put place a local organising committee to ensure stress free organization of the festival with detailed cost inputs forwarded to his office.
Addressing the governor earlier, Otunba Runsewe disclosed that he was in Benin to appreciate the governor for bidding and winning the hosting right for 2019 edition of NAFEST, promising to pay detailed attention to the full content of festival, not excluding it’s marketing and promotion.
He thumbed up the giant strides and initiatives of the governor for being the first in Nigeria to introduce cultural clubs in Edo public schools.