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Arts council moves to guard its property against encroachment




Arts council moves to guard its property against encroachment


By Maureen Okon

Abuja, Feb. 4, 2019 (NNN) The NCAC)”>National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC)) has begun work at its permanent site, the Arts and Craft Village in the FCT, to protect the property against encroachment.

The Director-General (DG) OF NCAC, Otumba Segun-Runsewe, said this when he took journalist on a facility tour of the project on Monday in Abuja.

Segun-Runsewe said the purpose of the tour was to show journalists that work had begun at the site which would be strictly allocated for cultural business men and women.

He also explained that the reason for the early commencement of work was to stop the illegal encroachment on the land by some dubious persons.

The DG said the NCAC management had planned to change the narrative of the Arts and Crafts village by dividing it into two parts; the market section and the investment side.

“We intend to develop the permanent site of the NCAC village.

“The market section will have its own car park and the investment area will have its own too. The land has been laying waste for a long time.

“They are trying to take this land away from us. We will not allow it because we are going to take physical possession of the entire area.

“So when we block this area, it will hinder access to hoodlums who sleep, defecate and cause security challenge in the area,” he said.

Segun-Runsewe, said that the village was wrongly constructed, and for it to meet international standards, some of the structure must be brought down to pave way for modern construction in line with global best practices.

He added that the village would have all the basic facilities of a modern market including pharmacies, business centers, banks and other basic facilities.

The DG explained that there were other considerations in the construction of the village.

“You have to bear in mind that the village will be strictly a cultural business point for both local and international businesses,” he said.

He said that due to lack of funds, there was currently no stipulated date for the completion of the project, but expressed hope that government and donors would come to the council’s aid to ensure speedy completion.

He, however, said those interested in cultural business could apply for a space while the project was still ongoing.

“Basic infrastructure will be put in place to enable shop owners have a conducive environment for business,” Segun-Runsewe said.

The DG described as fake information, the alleged sale of the village space to some persons, adding that NCAC did not sell and was neither selling the village space, but was developing it for cultural business to commence. (NNN)


Edited by Nyisom Dore

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