ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: EKITI TO INCREASE INVESTMENT IN CULTURE, ARTS –as Fayemi upgrades Bureau of Arts and Culture to Ministry

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday said his
administration is determined to increase its investment and exploit
the arts and culture sector for the economic prosperity of the State
and its citizens.

The governor who stated this resolve in Ado Ekiti while declaring open
the 2019 Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture (EKIFEST) equally
announced an upgrade of the Council of Arts and Culture to the
Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism

Dr. Fayemi gave the new Ministry the directive to consolidate on its
various achievements, enhance the potential of creative practitioners
and boost the Internally Generated Revenue of the State.

He added that the role of Arts and Culture as catalysts to progressive
multiculturalism is gaining more recognition.

The governor described EKIFEST as an economic and social strategy
aimed at repositioning the creative industry of the State for optimal
performance and drawing attention of the global public to the unique
landmarks of the State in tourism and culture.

“In Ekiti State, our cultural heritage keeps our memories alive of how
beliefs and cultural expressions have contributed to the development
of our society. Ekiti is a state of rich artistic and cultural
heritage and endowed with the abundance of talents. Our riches are
well demonstrated through arts, dance, literature, music, food and
folklore.”

“I commend the efforts of the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture
towards the attainment of the target set for it. We still want the
council to go a step further by consolidating on the various
achievements, enhancing the potential of creative practitioners and
boosting the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of Ekiti State. And to
enhance the progress already made in the last year, I have decided to
re-establish the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism for better
synergy and integration”, the governor said.

Governor Fayemi who assured investors of necessary support and
encouragement called on the public to visit the various tourism
corridors of the State and invest in them as their investment is
secured.

In her welcome speech, the Chariman of EKIFEST planning committee and
Wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi said the festival was aimed at
creating tourism attraction and enhance investment opportunities as
well as create viable markets for local businesses.

Mrs. Fayemi noted that the previous editions of the festival in 2012
and 2013 increased tourism visits to the State and created the needed
exposure for the cultural infrastructure.

“EKIFEST 2019 is designed towards the restoration of our core values
as well as empowerment against the scourge of poverty. Our culture is
a viable solution to several problems bedeviling our society. It is in
our culture to be diligent, honest and peace-loving. Our culture
abhors laziness; our culture goes against the shirking of
responsibilities”, she said.

In his address, the Director General of the Council of Arts and
Culture, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre said Ekiti people are gradually getting
used to EKIFEST as an economic diversification project; urging the
people to promote Ekiti tradition for excellence.

Ojo-Lanre thanked Fayemi for providing the wherewithal for the
resuscitation of the Council which has helped remove the State from
the blacklist of absentee States at both local and international
cultural festivals.

He disclosed that the State Cultural Troupe had been sponsored by
Fayemi to Budapest, Edo State and Abeokuta to promote the State
cultural heritage.

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