04 October 2020 by Ohikwo Muhammad
The rich cultural heritage of Kogi people is to be exploited to entrench unity and economic development.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello gave the indication when he graced the launch of the Ebira music album “Onovave” in Lokoja.
Governor Bello who was the Special guest at the event emphasised the importance of cultural harmony noting that culture uplifts good character, brotherliness, humility and discipline.
Alhaji Bello called on youths to eschew divisive tendencies and take up opportunities that abound in the State’s culture and tourism sector.
According to him, government was planning a major cultural festival contest among cultural troupes in the state.
Chief Launcher on the occasion and a businessman, Muhammed Sunday said his support for the cultural music industry was to promote togetherness among the people.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Bello on Electronic media, Avoyi Nwogu who is also a promoter of Kogi Cultural heritage appreciated the support of the government and individuals.
Ebira cultural singer Ohunene Idris also known as Okumatete said her motivation was in her departed sister who used her songs to preach peace and oneness.
She expressed happiness over the honour done her deceased sister, promising to keep her music alive.
Earlier, Kogi State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Salifu Idachaba said the ministry was making concerted efforts towards making Kogi a Tourism hub in the country.