The Kayode Fayemi -led administration in Ekiti State has reaffirmed its commitment to investing in the cultural and tourism potential of the state.
Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, the Director General of the Ekiti State Council of Arts and Culture, who spoke on Monday during the celebration of the 2019 International Dancing Day in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, said that investment in culture and tourism would fight crime, reduce depression and make the state economically viable and promote cultural values.
The DG said apart from revenue it would bring about moral regeneration in culture, reshape the minds of the people and curb all manners of crimes in the Nigerian society.
He lamented that the country had lost enormous values in terms of revenue and causing of unwarranted crimes owing to the dwindling trends of the country’s cultural and tourism potential.
The Ekiti State cultural troops performed at the rally held in the state capital to celebrate the global dancing festival.
Ojo-Lanre said dancing festival was significant in the lives of the African people, because it adds value to the society by promoting happiness among the populace.
“The significance of dancing in African and global setting can’t be quantified. Dancing has gone beyond mere entertainment to empowerment.
“Many people today earn their living through the monies they make by dancing as professionals.
“To further underscore the importance, dance has become a whole course in the university under Dramatic and Performing Arts, this was apart from bringing happiness and reducing depression,” he said.
He added that the state cultural troop did exceptionally well in the just-concluded Drum Festival held in Abeokuta, saying this had further attested to the fact that Ekiti has joined the league of states that have passion for arts and culture.
“We stunned the event with good performance and with this; we have shown that Ekiti is ready to hit the global map in arts, culture and tourism.
“Under Governor Fayemi, the sector will become a veritable source of income to the state and practitioners.
“We are ready to partner local people, corporate world and academic world to promote culture and tourism, because the benefits therein can’t be quantified,” he said.