By Lawrence Olaoye
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has said his government organised the Drum Festival as a catalyst for the development of the state.
Amosun who spoke to newsmen after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday the festival he hosted last week was a huge success.
According to him, the festival generated much income for the state so much so that it would be self sustaining.
He said “To the Glory of God it was very successful. We were expecting that we will just have may be 10 participants form the international community; within the continent of Africa. We never expected that we are going to have participants from outside Africa and little did we know that we were going to end up with about 23 states within the nation and over 80 individual participants at the drum festival. All we were trying to do was to use the instrumentality of the drum as a vehicle or catalyst for socio-economic development as well as a boost our tourism sector an clearly we got more than what we expected.”
The governor, who maintained that the festival has come to say, expressed delight that it also created wealth for the people of the state, adding that going forward the festival will be self sustaining because of its viability.
“It created so much wealth for our people. A lot of people got doing something and we leveraged on the value chain of the drum festival. Whatever money that we spent was realised and even surpassed and that’s why hereby state that clearly and gradually the festival will be self driven because we got a lot of partners,” the Governor said.
The Ogun state Governor said the state learnt a lot form the experiences of authorities in literature like Professor Wole Soyinka and that would be used in improving subsequent drum festivals.
He noted that the festival will be sustained by future leaders of the state because of the potentials it has especially in the area of income generation.