By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has tasked the Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation to fashion out policies that would strengthen national unity and promote the country’s cultural diversity.
Declaring open the 39th meeting of the Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation in Yenagoa, Dickson also urged the participants to tinker with issues that affect the well-being of children in the society.
The meeting is a precursor to the state hosting of the National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST 2013 from September 15-22, which is expected to attract over 7000 delegates from across the country.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolo, Dickson said that it was in recognition of this that his administration made culture and tourism one of its major priorities.
He said that as a first step, an autonomous Ministry of Culture was created for the first time to maximally address the sector and harness its potentials to further unify the people.
He said: “I have no doubt, therefore, that this meeting of our cultural giants will deliberate and fashion out policies that will outlive NAFEST 2013 and such that will strengthen our national unity and promote our cultural diversity in Nigeria.”
In his welcome address, the Executive Director/CEO, National Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Mwajim Maidu-gu, lauded the state government for hosting the event as well as its support for the state Ministry of Arts and Culture.
He said that the support was partly responsible for the state cultural troupe successful outings, both within and outside the country.