Ogun has again emerged as the overall Best-performing State and Exhibitor, having won the Best Product Design in Pavillion, Textiles, Fabric and Fashion, Metal and Brass Works, the Most Enterprising Exhibitor, and Special Award for State Day, at the just concluded International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo in Abuja.
It would be recalled that the State bagged the first position with several awards at the 14th edition of the Expo last year.
Speaking after receiving the awards at the closing ceremony of the 3-Day Expo, themed: “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”, the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Olusegun Olaotan said the State would continue to set the pace in culture with creativity being introduced by Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration.
Olaotan noted that the innovative acumen of the Governor in e-marketing and promotion of Adire fabric had boosted the economic status and foreign investment opportunities in the State, which had enhanced small and medium-scale enterprises.
The Permanent Secretary expressed gratitude to Prince Abiodun for his support to the culture and tourism sector, commending the State contingent for their cooperation and selfless effort. He assured that the Ministry would not rest on its oars in performing its responsibilities toward achieving the “Building Our Future Together” agenda of the present government.
Speaking earlier, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe said the Expo had participants from 11 States of the federation and 26 countries across the world and created various opportunities for trade and investment, promoted greater integration and synergy among players in the sector, as well as provided platforms for entrepreneurs to showcase their goods and services.
Runsewe stated that INAC promotes peace, social integration, national unity, and international cultural diplomacy through appropriate collaboration with members of the diplomatic communities in Nigeria.
The other States that received awards include Lagos with the second position, while Kastina, Bauchi, and the Federal Capital Territory took the third position respectively.