FCTA, NCAC Partner to Host Mega Expo in Abuja

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The FCT Administration as expressed readiness to partner with the National Council for Arts and Culture to host the 10th edition of the African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo scheduled for Abuja this August. The Honourable Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave this assurance to the Director-General (DG), National Councils for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otumba Olusegun Runsewe, when the DG paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
The FCT Minister also endorsed plan by the Arts Council to host the first ever meeting of cultural attachés of country embassies in Nigeria, as a forerunner to the cultural expo, whose theme is, “Nigerian Crafts: Untapped Treasure.”
According to the Minister, “this will help in the effort to market Made-in- Nigeria goods as well as serve as a promotional tool for the cultural expo.”
Malam Bello used the occasion to convey the intention of FCT Administration to complete all ongoing projects in the city and thereafter move to the satellite towns and suburbs. This, the Minister noted, has started with the recent approval of N2.6 Billion by the Federal Executive Council for the upgrade of township roads in Karu town.
Earlier in his address, the DG, NCAC, indicated that more than 29 African Countries have expressed interest to attend the event as well as four Asian countries namely: China, Korea, India and Taiwan. He appealed to the FCT Minister to help the Council to take secure the venue for the event which he described as under contention.
Otumba Ronsewe lauded the good efforts of the FCT Administration especially in the areas of prudent management of resources and commitment to improving the welfare of the FCT residents. He made references to the quick recapture of the 10 persons kidnapped in FCT some months ago and the FCT Minister’s directive for the reopening of the Karu General Hospital, which the DG said, has positively impacted on the lives of residents of Karu and its environs.
Similarly, Otumba Ronsewe commended the FCT Minister for the discipline he has displayed in the area of land allocation, which the DG noted, has resulted in the drastic reduction of number of litigations on land issues in the FCT courts while calling on the Minister to keep up the good works, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Cosmas Uzodinma, said.

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