By Gabriel Olawale
The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has re-iterated his pledge to unbundle the huge potentials in the culture sector to strategically drive the process of economic diversification in line with the policy thrust of the present administration.
Speaking ahead of the forthcoming African Arts and Craft Expo, AFAC slated for August 27th to September 17th in Abuja, Runsewe said the theme of this year’s edition of African Arts and Crafts Expo; Our Culture: The Untapped Treasure, was carefully selected.
“The theme was carefully selected to draw attention to the vast opportunities in the sector, and mobilize Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities therein for personal empowerment and the economic development of Nigeria,” he said.
While seeking the support of the mass media in a bid to ensure maximum media coverage of the event, Runsewe said; “On my assumption of office about three months ago, I made a firm commitment to all Nigerians to reposition the Arts and Culture sector as a key player in the nation’s economy with the capacity to generate wealth and employment as well as contribute significantly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Accordingly, the new vision of the Council under my leadership is encapsulated in the statement culture: the new revenue base for Nigeria.”