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Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu throws support for innovations planned for 35th NAFEST in Lagos

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Right: Dr Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, First Lady, Lagos State, left; Pharm Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf

The first lady of Lagos State, Dr Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has pledged her total support to the tourism, arts and culture ministry in her quest to achieve a world-class standard in hosting the fourth coming, National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST, in the state of aquatic splendour.

Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s wife seized the occasion of the courtesy visit by the management of the tourism ministry led by its commissioner, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf, to give the youths the prime place in the preparation and in the display of honed talents and skills in arts.

Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu called on all the local governments and the local council development areas to stand up and be counted at the historical arts and culture event, NAFEST 2022.

4th right: First lady, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, 5th left; Pharm Uzamat Aknibile-Yussuf, Commissioner of Tourism, Arts & Culture, with her entourage to the first lady

She expressed gladness that all the divisions in Lagos state have peculiar customs, traditions and cultures that could be showcased for the delight of international communities to behold and be spurred to some form of collaboration which could culminate in attracting Foreign Direct Investments, FDI, into the state.

She reminded her guests, that to ensure every material particular homogeneous to Lagos history, her rich arts and culture, be fine-tuned and showcased to the world on that auspicious national event for the parade of the nation’s diverse artefacts and culture.

The Commissioner, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Akinbile-Yussuf, disclosed that there were numerous individuals and groups in the state already prospecting in commercial activities around artefacts, and works of art thus nurturing various small and micro museums in the state.

She added that not less than 50 such skilled curators and their diverse works and products shall be on display at the national event scheduled for November.

Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf further informed the first lady of the activities of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture towards grooming the youths with the skills that would enable them to add value to arts and cultural materials and artefacts thus building commercial activities around products from their skills.

Right: Dr Mrs Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, First lady Lagos State, and Pharm Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf

She said her ministry had been at the forefront of empowering and training the youths to be useful for themselves, their families and Lagos State in general.

In the week-long NAFEST to be hosted in the state, the tourism commissioner revealed that a day would be set aside for training the youths in different genres of arts and culture. The event she said would be hosted at the Teslim Balogun Stadium and would be climaxed with a competition which would attract a generous prize for winners.

The climax of the visit was the investiture of Mrs Sanwo-Olu as MAMA NAFEST, as pronounced by the Director-General, Nigerian Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC, Abuja, was formally bestowed on the first lady who promised unflinching support to the ministry in her onerous task of creating an excellent environment for hosting a world-class event.

The commissioner was accompanied on the visit by the Senior Special Assistant on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Tunji Seymour as well as Directors from the Ministry.

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