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Published On: Mon, Jan 29th, 2018

Gov’t to leverage on theater to promote peace

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The FCT Administration has pledged to leverage on theatre as a vehicle for promotion of peace and development in communities across the Territory.
This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello while receiving the Artistic Director/CEO of the National Theatre and the National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh, when the latter paid him a courtesy call in his office.
Bello, who spoke through the FCT Permanent Secretary, S
Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, said without peace there will be no meaningful development both in the Territory and in Nigeria as whole.
According to him, the FCT Administration would be very delighted to work with the National Theatre to seek ways together to promote peace and good neighbourliness in the Territory.
He stressed, “We must all seek dialogue and resist the temptation to perpetuate polarizing agendas. This is the only way we will refocus our energies on development.”
He described the “Green Grass” initiative of the National Troupe of Nigeria, as a viable instrument of peace in the communities where they have been introduced
Earlier in his remarks, Artistic Director/CEO of National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh unfolded a series of programmes which he stated were designed to reclaim the cultural space and salvage our music from unwholesome foreign musicals.
Tar Ukoh also stated that the approach of the agency is to mix cultural diplomacy with economic diplomacy, which according to him, would be by integrating Nigeria’s drive for foreign direct investment with cultural events.
He said, “For instance, the unique fluting of the Kabulu dancer in Abuja could be used to represent Nigeria in foreign events where fluting is being showcased.
“We also plan to host an FCT indigenes carnival where we would give the local people the opportunity to showcase their culture and festivals to the outside world.”
The Director further urged the FCT Administration to apply Green Grass Sharing Formula that was experimented in some communities in in the country with great success.

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