Bello appoints Runsewe head of Kogi advisory committee on culture, tourism
Determined to change the narratives of culture and tourism trade in kogi state, Governor Yahaya Bello has appointed a nine man Tourism intervention advisory committee to be headed by Otunba Segun Runsewe DG National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC,) as chairman.
The appointment of Runsewe, who is also the President, Africa region, World Craft Council (WCC), took immediate effect a week after he lead the 36 states Commissioners and Directors of Arts and Culture to a technical meeting on National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), in Ekiti state.
In his remark, Runsewe who appreciated Governor Bello, said that he would work with other members of the committee to reposition Culture and Tourism in Kogi State, whilst assuring him that his dreams for the state’s economy, particularly in culture and tourism would be a reference point in Nigeria.
Other members of the committee are, the Kogi state commissioner for Culture and Tourism Honourable Salifu Isah Idachaba, who was appointed as alternate chairman, CEO Nike Arts Gallery, Nike Okundayo, Joseph Makoju and Owner of La Campagne River and Mountain Resort in Koton Karfi, Otunba wanle Akinboboye.
Also, Kehinde Quadri Adu, Head, Culture and Tourism, African Union, Mallam Yesufu Abubakar, representing Kogi State Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative, Dr. Ronke Bello, and Honourable Femi Bolaji, Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Culture and Tourism.
Press Conference in Abuja, whilst heralding the staging of the 60-edition of the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, announced the conferment of the traditional title of ‘Kakakin Kebbi’ on the Information Minister in recognition of his passion and commitment to the hosting of the festival in 2020 after 10 years of its suspension. Alhaji Sama’ila Mera who used the occasion to decorate the Minister, and handed him the sword as a symbol of authority as a traditional titleholder in the Kebbi Emirate Council, said the investiture will hold at the convenience of the Minister at an elaborate ceremony to be performed in Argungu, Kebbi state.
Reacting to conferred title in 2020, Lai Mohammed who appreciated the Emirate for the honour bestowed on him noted the recognition would spur him to do more in the service of the country and the Kebbi emirate in particular. He said his ministry attaches great importance to the annual Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival like many other cultural festivals and events nationwide, and that the ministry will include it in the national calendar of festivals as well as continue to ensure the regular hosting of the festival annually.
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