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Lalong, Runsewe celebrate culture, tourism at NAFEST


Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, and Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Segun Runsewe, among other dignitaries recently celebrated culture and tourism at the 33rd National Festival of Arts and Culture (Nafest), held in Jos, Plateau State.

Nigeria’s iconic cultural diversity was on display, as over 22 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), proved beyond measures that culture holds the tripod for national unity and development.

Lalong said the festival was an indication that peace had returned to the Plateau nation. “We have invested in the security and welfare of our people. We cherish our culture and unity, and today we are here to show to the world that plateau is the place to be.” he said.

Launching a book on Nigeria at 60, written by Lanre Alfred, Lalong said Nigeria must take Cultural tourism very seriously, and use it as a veritable platform to promote rural development and empower women.

Senate Committee Chairman, Rochas Okorocha, noted that any nation without culture and history, would struggle with national identity among other nations.

Women Affairs Minister, Dame Pauline Tallen, was also excited about NAFEST’s impact on the Jos plateau tourism economy, stating that Governor Lalong had returned peace to the Plateau, making it once again the heartbeat of Nigeria’s Cultural tourism destination.

Runsewe, in his opening remarks noted that Jos plateau, cannot be ignored in the Cultural agenda to rebuild Nigeria, noting that all COVID-19 protocols would be observed even as Nigeria prepares for a post-COVID-19 cultural tourism economy.


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