14 October 2020 by Josiah Buzun
The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe has applauded Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state for approving to host the National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST, scheduled for November this year.
Otumba Runsewe, who stated this when he led members of the Technical Committee of the event on a courtesy visit to Governor Lalong at the Government House in Jos, assured that the whole country is been mobilised for the event.
He said NAFEST 2020 would be a historic event because Plateau State is the Home of Peace and Tourism and has a rich cultural history that has been at the centre of national development in many ways.
He commended the Governor for showing exemplary leadership, particularly in resolving the date for the event which he said was an initial challenge, a situation he said has motivated about 5 states to begin jostling for hosting rights for the next edition.
Governor Lalong while responding said the State was honoured to host NAFEST 2020 because it will further confirm the peace and tranquillity pervading the State which makes development possible.
Lalong assured that the Government would expedite action on the completion of the Luka Bentu Indoor Theatre for the event while the airlines operating to Jos have been advised to make adequate arrangements for people attending the event.
The Governor also said that the State would ensure that everything is done in line with COVID-19 protocols even as the cases have dropped significantly in recent times due to the proactive approach adopted by the Government.