05 November 2020 by MATHEW AYOOLA
The 13th International Arts and Crafts, INAC, Expo 2020 has commenced in the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Expo in Abuja, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe explained that the annual Expo was to showcase the rich and unique collection of African Arts and Crafts and as an avenue to promote the continent’s rural economy.
Otunba Runsewe who is also the President, World Crafts Council, African Region said the Expo was also aimed at developing arts and crafts with the objective of putting food on the table of Nigerians.
According to him, the programme will also go a long way to promote and encourage the use of creative arts and crafts for employment through the introduction of the Free Skills Acquisition Training Programme
The Director General of NCAC stated that the Expo would enhance cultural diplomacy through appropriate synergy with members of the Diplomatic Corps in Nigeria.
In a goodwill message, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Culture, Ogbeide-Ihama Omoregie commended NCAC’s efforts at promoting culture for national development.
He therefore promised continuous legislative support that would further enhance the growth of the nation’s cultural Industry.
In a remark, the Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, Mr Ado Yahuza said with adequate funding, the cultural Industry would effectively contribute to the nation’s GDP and enhance economic diversification of the Country.
Mr Yahuza therefore called for effective public private sector participation towards repositioning the sector.
The 13th INAC Expo 2020 with the theme ” Networking Nigerian Crafts To The World” featured an Investment Forum.
26 African countries are participating in the two days event.