Nigeria: Ekiti to assist talented youths in Arts, Crafts get skill development
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, May 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Talented Ekiti youths in Arts and Crafts Industry have been assured of adequate support in developing their skills to become job creators rather than job seekers.
The Director General Council of Arts and Culture, Mr. Wale Ojo Lanre made the assurance during an interactive session with the Curator of Genesis Arts Gallery, Osogbo, Osun State, Mr. Adeyinka Fabayo during a courtesy visit to his Office in Ado-Ekiti.
Mr. Ojo Lanre who expressed displeasure at the rate which Ekiti cultural entity was being devalued said that the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration was keenly interested in reawakening the rich cultural heritage of Ekiti people in order to save it from extinction.
The Director General who informed that a standard arts gallery would be established in Ekiti State assured of Government readiness to synergize with the curator in its quest to revamp Ekiti Cultural heritage by searching and training upcoming talents in arts and crafts to become master artists.
In his response, the Curator of Genesis Arts Gallery which is the second largest private art gallery in Nigeria, Mr. Adeyinka Fabayo noted that arts has transformed from mere decoration to investment venture, urging the government to support the Industry by creating an enabling environment.
Also speaking, the former Commissioner for Home Affairs Culture and Tourism in the State of Osun, Dr. Obawale Adebisi who led the delegation to Ekiti State said Osun is ready to synergize and ensure harmonious relationship with Ekiti State at efforts to revamp Ekiti
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Bureau, Mr. Ibrahim Ganiyu maintained that there would be no bureaucratic bottleneck in attending to the needs of the arts industry in order to achieve the overall objectives of the Present administration.