Culture industry technocrats and players have thumbed up President Mohammandu Buhari and his Culture minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for responding to the challenges facing the sector through the Committee on creative industry.
The committee headed by the director general of National Council for Art and Culture, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, according to the stakeholders during a meeting in Jos, noted that the creative Committee on the palliatives for the sector, came at right time, restored hope and brought a huge relief to an industry brought to its knees by covid 19 pandemic.
Professor Ojo Bakare, Ekiti state commissioner of Culture and Tourism, who spoke unbehalf of delegates at the technical meeting on National Festival of Art and Culture, NAFEST on NAFEST 2020 slated for Jos, plateau state capital in November, noted that Otunba Segun Runsewe led Committee on palliatives would bring a rapid turn around to sectorial players whose businesses were battered by the pandemic, praying for federal government to institute an Arts and Culture endowment fund.
” We want to appeal to the President Buhari and the minister through otunba segun Runsewe to approve this initiative. It will help the industry the find financial solution and succour which will help us each time we run into problems such as we experienced under covid 19.
Meanwhile, three states, Kwara, Taraba, Anambra have indicated interest to host NAFEST in 2022 while Ekiti state is confirmed to host 2021.