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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, (right) received “The Partnership That Works” symbol from Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, DG, NCAC, in Lagos.

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has assured that the state government would bring about through excellent quality of a host, a richer, bigger and best National Festival for Arts and Culture, NAFEST, ever in Nigeria through the 2022 edition to be hosted in the smartest city in Africa- Lagos.

The Governor gave the assurance when he received a delegation from the National Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC, led by its Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe, who was in Lagos to formally present a blueprint of the festival and ascertain the level of preparedness of the state government in hosting the event.

He reminded his guests that a delegation from the state had visited the NCAC in Abuja and obtained a brief on the paraphernalia for an efficient and effective hosting of contingents and officials from the 36 states and the FCT to the state of aquatic splendour.

Governor Sanwo-Olu disclosed that with the brief received from NCAC in Abuja, by the Lagos State delegation led by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuff, the State government had begun improving on its facilities with the view to surpassing the criteria set by NCAC.

The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, (right) in her office, received from the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuff, prospectus for the investiture as, Mama EKO NAFEST ’22, on the Commissioner’s return from NCAC briefing at Abuja

Sanwo-Olu said the state government had given the event all the necessary attention it deserves not only to create an environment for hosting a colourful and memorable event but also for Lagos to emerge as the overall winner of the 2022 edition of the fiesta.

Responding, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, said the festival which is the foremost cultural event in Nigeria has assumed a veritable platform for uniting the nation through Arts and Culture.

The NCAC DG said the festival would impact the Lagos State economy positively as hospitality, transportation, cuisine, cinemas and event centres, among others, would experience a boom due to the influx of participants, officials, and local and international tourists to the state for the festival.

Otunba Runsewe appealed to the State Local Organizing Committee (LOC) to work closely with the National Organizing Committee (NOC) for hitch-free coordination which would in turn breed an excellent festival of global standard

The DG announced that the Lagos State first lady, wife of the Governor, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo- Olu, would soon be formally crowned as the mother of NAFEST ” -Mama Nafest ’22- during the National Technical Stakeholders meeting soon to be held in Lagos.

‘Segun Runsewe disclosed that the investiture would afford Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the platform to host the children during the EKO NAFEST ‘22.

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