The commissionerÂ for Arts, culture and tourism hasÂ appealed to traditional rulers to join hands with the government in promoting the rich cultural values of Edo people.
The commissioner made the appeal when he paid courtesy visit to the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Aliu H. Momoh, the Ikelegbe III in his palace.
The Commissioner who was at the palace of the traditional ruler to inform him of the forthcoming festival of Arts and Culture billed for December this year said the festival is aimed at reawakening and showcasing, the richÂ Â cultural heritage of the people.
Barrister Akhere, who was received by the Otaru and the federal Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal Justice Constance Momoh, said the State is the hub of Arts and Culture in Africa, adding that with the forthcoming festival, the state once again is set to consolidate its stronghold of arts and culture in the continent. He said the festival would promote development and employment in the State.
The commissioner stressed that as part of government efforts to develop tourism potentials in the state, about one hundred and eighty four tourist sites have been identified for development through international agencies sponsorship.
He expressed gratitude to the traditional ruler for the warm reception accorded his entourage.
In his remark,Â the OtaruÂ of AuchiÂ Alhaji Aliu Momoh the Ikelegbe III described Barrister Vincent AkhereÂ as a trailblazer in the promotion of arts and Culture in the state; insisting that art and culture act as catalyst in promoting peace, unity and stability in any society.
He stressed that the contribution of art and culture to the development of a nation is colossal if properly harnessed andÂ blamed past administrations for dearth of cultural activities in the state.
He lauded the present administrations effort at organizing the festival and expressed his total support adding that the festival would reawaken the cultural consciousness of Edo people and encourage investment.Â He disclosed that an Oshiomhole Tourist Village was being established in Auchi in view of the Governorâ€™s interest in cultural Tourism.
On the commissioner entourage were the permanent secretary of the Ministry of arts and culture, Mrs AgathaÂ Â Â Ighologba, Director of Culture Mr. AlfredÂ A. Olaye, DeconÂ Pius Ehimen, Honourable Victor Osarenren as well as members of the organisation activities.
The festival of arts and culture is billedÂ to take place in December from 10th â€“ 13thÂ this year at the followingÂ Venues: Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Oba Akenzua Cultural centre, National Museum and the ObaÂ Palace.
In continuation of his tour to council areas across the state towards the forthcoming festival of arts, culture and tourism tagged â€œ EDOFEST 2009, the commissioner for arts and culture Barrister Vincent Akhere has paid a courtesy visit to the secretariat of Owan west, Owan East, and Etsako West respectfully.