2020 NAFEST returns in Plateau ― Lalong 

Restates belief in social media regulation

By Osa Amadi

Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong Bako, has stated that the hosting of the 2020 Jos National Festival of Arts & Culture (NAFEST) is a confirmation that peace has been restored in the state as he also restated his conviction in the need for regulation of the social media.

The governor spoke yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2020 NAFEST titled “Post Covid-19 and Cultural Dynamism” taking place in Jos, Plateau State.

The governor who extolling the abundant resources in the state said “Plateau State is home of peace and tourism. We remain a state that is endowed with the best weather condition comparable to none in Nigeria, which explains why Plateau remains the destination of choice for many who desire to partake in its potentials such as rich arable soil, breathtaking tourism destination, abundant solid mineral resources, and diverse rich cultural diversity.”

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Governor Lalong also said Plateau is rich in sculpture, performing arts, and other human and material resources.

Plateau State, he said, “remains the miniature of Nigeria as every culture resides here and (many) consider the state as home…. Hosting this event in Plateau is a confirmation of the restored confidence people have in our state with the restoration of peace.

“Before we came into office, many were skeptical (about) coming to the state because of the crisis that occurs. However, things have changed as my administration embraced all stakeholders and initiated collective dialogue and constructive engagement to get to the root of the problem. With the support of all, including the security agencies, we have succeeded in restoring substantial peace.

“My hope is that as various contingents showcase the culture and artistic endowments of their states, people will appreciate the diversity and beauty of Nigeria in a manner they have not done before. In this, technology can greatly assist us in a document and store our arts and cultural endowments.

“However, the misuse of technology, especially social media, can make us lose our cultural and artistic value within a twinkle of an eye. This is why we must continue to advocate the responsible use of social media. just like I said elsewhere, no one seeks to restrict, control or muzzle social media. Rather, we must put in place a mechanism to ensure responsible usage,” the governor said.

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