ARRANGEMENTS are in top gear to ensure a historic hosting of the 2018 edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in Rivers State.
According to a statement made via telephone conversation with the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, the council is fully prepared to showcase the glamour of Nigeria’s diverse cultures to the world during the festival which is billed to last from October 21 to 27, 2018.
Runsewe was optimistic that 2018 NAFEST will be the best ever following the massive mobilisation of equipments and facilities including the mass exodus of stakeholders from all parts of Nigeria to Rivers State for the one-week fanfare.
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“A lot of visitors both from within and outside Nigeria are on their way to Rivers State and I can confirm to you that reports reaching us from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) indicate that hotels are in for good business,” he stated.
“This is a major boost and good for the economy of Rivers State and by extension, Nigeria because the massive participation and influx of people from different of play will contribute to commercial activities in the State.”
In the statement, Otunba Runsewe expressed particularly his excitement about the level of involvement by Rivers State’s youths who are set to take full advantage of NAFEST 2018, in not only showcasing diverse cultural pride of the state, but also benefit from the numerous youth empowerment programmes initiated by the NCAC to change the narrative of NAFEST.
He enjoined stakeholders and indeed Nigerians to support 2018 edition of NAFEST to making it a unifying force for cultural integration and harmony just as he affirmed the NCAC’s total commitment in projecting Nigeria’s rich culture throughout the fiesta.
Runsewe concluded the statement by thanking the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the good people of the state for aligning with NCAC in its drive towards a successful hosting of NAFEST which according to the NCAC DG is a reaffirmation of the governor’s commitment towards hosting the best NAFEST ever.