The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), will add colour to the 2019 Rivers Community Cultural Festival happening in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, tomorrow, December 14.
Director-General of the NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, said this while receiving the Jaja of Opobo kingdom, Dr Dandeson Douglas Jaja who visited him in his office recently.
The chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, had earlier commended Runsewe for his excellent work in the Council and solicited his support for the Rivers Community fiesta.
The King said that there was the need to have a monument in honour of King Jaja the 1st and renovate the colonial building in Opobo. He also urged Runsewe to assist in promoting Opobo as a historical destination.
Responding, Runsewe said it was a privilege to host the ruler of such a crucial Nigerian kingdom. He assured that he would do his best to assist with the King’s requests.
Runsewe further commended the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for his support for arts and culture, lauding the memorable National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) the state hosted in 2018.
He noted that the state coming first at last year’s NAFEST and retaining the same position this year in Benin City, Edo State affirms its commitment to the development of arts and culture.
“Rivers State brilliant outing at the last two editions of NAFEST is a testament to the government’s commitment to the promotion of art and culture in both the state and Nigeria,” said Runsewe.
He promised to attend, support and participate fully at the Community Cultural Festival celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of Rivers State.