National Parks: Red flag for serious attention

By Frank Meke In my over twenty five years relationship and coverage of the activities of the Nigerian National Parks service, I am yet to witness such horrendous attacks and developmental dislocation on going through unexpected failures in the country. Certainly and sadly the dislocations are man made and can be solved by serious human ( government) efforts. Let me situate some of the issues properly to avoid mundane interpretations and conclusions. Globally, conservation enclaves, starting from the Yellow stone discovery in the United States centuries ago, did not have…

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NCAC unveils virtual cultural tour of Nigeria

The National Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC, has unveiled a Virtual Cultural Tour of Nigeria. This cultural tour held on Saturday, June 27, 2020, is the seventh in the series of zoom meetings the Council has held since the Covid-19 lockdown. Speaking during the programme, the director-general of NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe said that the essence of the weekly virtual meetings was to keep stakeholders engaged and the sector busy at this period of global health emergency. He said that rather than keep the sector idle, the virtual meetings…

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Runsewe signs National Covid-19 Support Register of Care, Hope

Photo Caption: The DG NCAC Otunba Segun Runsewe being decorated as Sococovid Ambassador by the coordinator Dr.Ken Ibe Kalu while the Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen looks on The director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture who is also the President of World Crafts Council, African Region, Otunba Segun Runsewe today signed the National Covid-19 Support Register, a signature of Care and Hope. He was also decorated as Sococovid Ambassador. The National Coordinator, Society Committee Against Covid-19, Dr. Kenneth Ibe Kalu in his speech said that…

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NCAC holds memorial in honour of George Floyd

The National Council for Arts and Culture, has held a memorial in honour of George Floyd who was killed while being arrested by the police in the USA in May, 2020 and was buried yesterday. The director general, National Council for Arts and Culture and President, World Crafts Council (African Region),  Otunba Olusegun Runsewe said it has become very necessary for Nigeria to join the over seventeen (17) countries in Africa to organize an immemorial for this black American that was murdered in cold blood by the Minneapolis police in…

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Runsewe advocates use of culture as therapy against covid 19

Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has advocated the use of culture as a therapy against Covid-19 pandemic. Stressing the potency of culture to address all human challenges, he said that culture is the totality of the ways of life of a people and therefore could be employed to solve all human problems. In his words, the NCAC boss noted that the same way medical doctors use theatre as a place to heal the sick, and Artists use the theatre to educate and…

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Covid-19 origin: National Park CG calls for introduction of wildlife consumption in prevention campaigns

Dr Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator General of the National Park Service says the consumption of wildlife as the likely origin of Covid-19 should not be left out in the prevention campaign of the deadly virus. Goni who said this in commemoration of the 2020 World Environment Day celebration with the theme `Celebrate Biodiversity insisted that there is a link between consumption of wildlife and zoonotic diseases. World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action, celebrated every year on June 5 to focus public efforts on a pressing…

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Culture: Telling Buhari story in five years

By Frank Meke To the Nigerian tourism community, President Mohammadu Buhari certainly did not factor Culture and Tourism in his game plan to revive the Nigerian economy. The octane voices of aggressive lobbyists for the new economy under the Buhari government, had no time and space to lubricate the biggest driver new jobs and rural development and it caused some of us the palpitations of the heart. And with the merger of Culture, Information and national orientation as a ministry, industry stakeholders, particularly the very vocal travel press, folded up…

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Covid 19: FTAN seeks N150billion intervention fund from government

The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) is seeking N150billion intervention fund from the federal government to cushion the devastating impact of the covid 19 pandemic in the travel and tourism industry. The declaration of Covid-19 as a global pandemic in January 2020, has led to international travel restrictions, national travel bans and subnational lockdowns, leading to massive cancellations of tourism and hospitality services in destinations all over the world. Consequently, the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors in Nigeria have, unimaginably, taken a direct hit with attendant tales of woes…

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Runsewe and the good Samaritans

By Frank Meke We are supposed to get real groves out of the expected and very timely intervention by the federal government to unbundle Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation ( NTDC). Last week, we announced that shopping for the right person (s) for the tourism agency must begin in ernest in view of the Orosanye report which placed a full commercialized status on its activities. Let me report that several calls were received based on the publication, many wondering what are there for NTDC to sell or market, while others provided…

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NCAC boss lauds Obaigbena for ThisDay dome isolation centre

Director General National Council for Arts and Culture( NCAC ) Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has described the donation of Thisday dome in Abuja by Nduka Obaigbena, a Frontline media entrepreneur as the gesture with most humane touch. Chief Nduka Obaigbena is the publisher of the iconic Thisday newspaper and chairman of Arise Television, who despite the many challenges posed by covid 19 pandemic on the media sector, went out  of his way to donate the mega dome and  converted it to a 320 bed covid 19 isolation center.  Impressed and touched…

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