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  •  Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun says that the China Nigeria trade volume has recorded a great rise of 7 1 per cent in the past one year hit 12billion U S Dollars Cui made this known in Abuja during the Nigeria China Cultural week one of the activities lines up to commemorate the 2022 National day celebration of Nigeria and China He said that Nigeria has continued to be China s number one trading partner in Africa as he strongly urged Nigeria to produce more commodities to be exported to China to ensure balance of trade The envoy also expressed optimism of a bigger economic boom in Nigeria with the ongoing projects like the Lekki deep sea port Zungeru Hydroelectric Power projects Dangote refineries amongst others set to be commissioned in 2023 Cui said he was delighted over the strengthened cooperation between both countries under his five GIST strategies across all spheres political consonance economic cooperation military and security collaboration international coordination people s communication China Symphony initiative Harmony and Symphony Our efforts are bringing more benefits to the two peoples In the first half of 2022 our bilateral trade volume reached 12 03 billion U S dollars up by 7 1 per cent year on a year Trade really is important not only to improve the quality of life it is very important for the country s economy Trade is very important for development So we are encouraging more businesses in Nigeria to produce a lot of commodities to export to Chinese market and China are the number one consumer market Lekki deep Seaport we should be proud of this big project This is the biggest one in the whole of West Africa The Lekki deep sea port can accommodate 1 2 million containers This is really going to change the business And also we have the biggest Hydroelectric Power station Zungeru we have 700 watts and also will be commissioned at the end of this year That means electricity that could accommodate the whole of Abuja We have our high ways railways and the airports and also other projects constructed by the Chinese company such as Kaduna Kano railway The most important project to Nigeria Africa is the Dangote Refinery project so we do not need to import petroleum from other countries and Nigeria will not only produce crude oil but we can have petroleum and this could solve the problem Cui said On the event Cui said that the photography and video contest and award to Nigerians is also China s way of strengthening the cultural ties and people to people relations between both countries Harmony is universal value The Embassy held Nigeria China Harmony and Symphony Photograph contest and short video contests respectively from the beginning of this September So many talented people especially young people submitted their videos in such a short time today is also a day of harvest and we will get to know who will be the winners I assure you that China and Nigeria will stand shoulder to shoulder hand in hand to promote our win win cooperation and build a more beautiful tomorrow Otunba Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC thanked the Chinese Embassy for always creating and opportunity and platform to strengthened the Nigeria China relations Let me specially thank the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria his strength of economy cooperation between Nigeria and China No matter how we look at it the Chinese people have developed a very strong economic profile and we can tap into it to encourage develop our tomorrow I also want to thank his Excellency on the issue of security and terrorism which is very key to us thank for the communication strategy the people to people communication And for our youths who would have been busy with other negative things are now being engaged Harmony is key whether you take it for granted What the Chinese stand for in their own region is what we stand for in Africa so we need to marry that strength and develop what we make of it and make our country a great country we can be proud about Runsewe said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event which was also co hosted by the Ministry of Information and culture was organized to commemorate the Oct 1 62 Independence Anniversary of Nigeria and 73rd National Day of China This year also marks 51 years of the bilateral relations between both countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria -China bilateral trade hits bn – Envoy
     Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun says that the China Nigeria trade volume has recorded a great rise of 7 1 per cent in the past one year hit 12billion U S Dollars Cui made this known in Abuja during the Nigeria China Cultural week one of the activities lines up to commemorate the 2022 National day celebration of Nigeria and China He said that Nigeria has continued to be China s number one trading partner in Africa as he strongly urged Nigeria to produce more commodities to be exported to China to ensure balance of trade The envoy also expressed optimism of a bigger economic boom in Nigeria with the ongoing projects like the Lekki deep sea port Zungeru Hydroelectric Power projects Dangote refineries amongst others set to be commissioned in 2023 Cui said he was delighted over the strengthened cooperation between both countries under his five GIST strategies across all spheres political consonance economic cooperation military and security collaboration international coordination people s communication China Symphony initiative Harmony and Symphony Our efforts are bringing more benefits to the two peoples In the first half of 2022 our bilateral trade volume reached 12 03 billion U S dollars up by 7 1 per cent year on a year Trade really is important not only to improve the quality of life it is very important for the country s economy Trade is very important for development So we are encouraging more businesses in Nigeria to produce a lot of commodities to export to Chinese market and China are the number one consumer market Lekki deep Seaport we should be proud of this big project This is the biggest one in the whole of West Africa The Lekki deep sea port can accommodate 1 2 million containers This is really going to change the business And also we have the biggest Hydroelectric Power station Zungeru we have 700 watts and also will be commissioned at the end of this year That means electricity that could accommodate the whole of Abuja We have our high ways railways and the airports and also other projects constructed by the Chinese company such as Kaduna Kano railway The most important project to Nigeria Africa is the Dangote Refinery project so we do not need to import petroleum from other countries and Nigeria will not only produce crude oil but we can have petroleum and this could solve the problem Cui said On the event Cui said that the photography and video contest and award to Nigerians is also China s way of strengthening the cultural ties and people to people relations between both countries Harmony is universal value The Embassy held Nigeria China Harmony and Symphony Photograph contest and short video contests respectively from the beginning of this September So many talented people especially young people submitted their videos in such a short time today is also a day of harvest and we will get to know who will be the winners I assure you that China and Nigeria will stand shoulder to shoulder hand in hand to promote our win win cooperation and build a more beautiful tomorrow Otunba Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC thanked the Chinese Embassy for always creating and opportunity and platform to strengthened the Nigeria China relations Let me specially thank the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria his strength of economy cooperation between Nigeria and China No matter how we look at it the Chinese people have developed a very strong economic profile and we can tap into it to encourage develop our tomorrow I also want to thank his Excellency on the issue of security and terrorism which is very key to us thank for the communication strategy the people to people communication And for our youths who would have been busy with other negative things are now being engaged Harmony is key whether you take it for granted What the Chinese stand for in their own region is what we stand for in Africa so we need to marry that strength and develop what we make of it and make our country a great country we can be proud about Runsewe said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event which was also co hosted by the Ministry of Information and culture was organized to commemorate the Oct 1 62 Independence Anniversary of Nigeria and 73rd National Day of China This year also marks 51 years of the bilateral relations between both countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria -China bilateral trade hits bn – Envoy
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    Nigeria -China bilateral trade hits $12bn – Envoy

    Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun says that the China-Nigeria trade volume has recorded a great rise of 7.1 per cent in the past one year hit 12billion U.

    S Dollars.

    Cui made this known in Abuja during the Nigeria-China Cultural week, one of the activities lines up to commemorate the 2022 National day celebration of Nigeria and China.

    He said that Nigeria has continued to be China’s number one trading partner in Africa as he strongly urged Nigeria to produce more commodities to be exported to China to ensure balance of trade.

    The envoy also expressed optimism of a bigger economic boom in Nigeria with the ongoing projects like the Lekki deep sea port, Zungeru Hydroelectric Power projects, Dangote refineries amongst others set to be commissioned in 2023. Cui said he was delighted over the strengthened cooperation between both countries under his five GIST strategies across all spheres; political consonance, economic cooperation, military and security collaboration international coordination, people’s communication, China Symphony initiative, Harmony and Symphony “Our efforts are bringing more benefits to the two peoples.

    In the first half of 2022, our bilateral trade volume reached 12.03 billion U.

    S dollars, up by 7.1 per cent year on a year.

    “Trade really is important not only to improve the quality of life, it is very important for the country’s economy.

    Trade is very important for development.

    “So we are encouraging more businesses in Nigeria to produce a lot of commodities to export to Chinese market and China are the number one consumer market.

    “Lekki deep Seaport, we should be proud of this big project.

    This is the biggest one in the whole of West Africa.

    The Lekki deep sea port can accommodate 1.2 million containers.

    This is really going to change the business.

    “And also we have the biggest Hydroelectric Power station, Zungeru, we have 700 watts and also will be commissioned at the end of this year.

    That means electricity that could accommodate the whole of Abuja.

    “We have our high ways, railways and the airports and also other projects constructed by the Chinese company such as Kaduna-Kano railway.

    “The most important project to Nigeria, Africa is the Dangote Refinery project so we do not need to import petroleum from other countries and Nigeria will not only produce crude oil but we can have petroleum and this could solve the problem,” Cui said.

    On the event, Cui said that the photography and video contest and award to Nigerians is also China’s way of strengthening the cultural ties, and people-to people relations between both countries.

    “Harmony is universal value.

    The Embassy held Nigeria-China Harmony and Symphony Photograph contest and short video contests respectively from the beginning of this September.

    “So many talented people, especially young people submitted their videos in such a short time, today is also a day of harvest and we will get to know who will be the winners.

    “I assure you that China and Nigeria will stand shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand to promote our win-win cooperation and build a more beautiful tomorrow.

    Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) thanked the Chinese Embassy for always creating and opportunity and platform to strengthened the Nigeria-China relations.

    “Let me specially thank the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria his strength of economy cooperation between Nigeria and China.

    “No matter how we look at it, the Chinese people have developed a very strong economic profile and we can tap into it to encourage develop our tomorrow.

    “I also want to thank his Excellency on the issue of security and terrorism which is very key to us.

    thank for the communication strategy, the people to people communication.

    “And for our youths who would have been busy with other negative things are now being engaged.

    Harmony is key whether you take it for granted.

    “What the Chinese stand for in their own region is what we stand for in Africa so we need to marry that strength and develop what we make of it and make our country a great country we can be proud about,” Runsewe said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event which was also co-hosted by the Ministry of Information and culture was organized to commemorate the Oct. 1 62 Independence Anniversary of Nigeria and 73rd National Day of China.

    This year also marks 51 years of the bilateral relations between both countries.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Nigeria s cultural integration getting international accolades Chief Olusegun Runsewe and some of the international delegates at the recent 2022 edition of International Arts and Craft Expo Nigeria s cultural integration getting international accolades By Taiye Olayemi News Agency of Nigeria In view of the divergent cultural heritage across the globe it has become important to embrace cultural integration and diplomacy to foster understanding across tribes and ensure peace unity and harmony Cultural integration or referred to as globalisation is when individuals from one culture adopt practices from another without diminishing their own Also cultural diplomacy is a type of public diplomacy and soft power that includes the exchange of ideas information art language and other aspects of culture among nations and their people to foster mutual understanding In recognition of the benefits of cultural integration to national development Chief Olusegun Runsewe under his mandate as the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has created a common ground for world peace This has been evident in his numerous contributions to the process of uniting Nigerians with other nationals of the world Runsewe has been able to engage people from different races in cultural diplomacy and integration through the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST and the International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC During the 2022 INAC Edition most of the Ambassadors from other nations commended Runsewe for his unflinching efforts in uniting nationals from other countries with Nigerians through the exploration of culture Juan Reus Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Spain said he was attracted to attend the expo due to the laudable exhibitions held by NCAC over the years According to Reus Runsewe s contributions to development of world cultures through INAC is highly commendable as the Spanish would continue to exhibit in subsequent editions of INAC Clara Pulido Escandell Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria commended Runsewe s selfless efforts in ensuring cultural exchange programmes between the Cubans and Nigerians is constantly strengthened Pulido Escandell said this is yielding fruitful results David Velasquez Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria said It is a honour showcasing our arts and crafts to the world This is the strongest opportunity for cultural exchange and collaborations we should uphold this Otunba Runsewe has been a strong cultural pillar in Nigeria We love his commitment toward showcasing cultures across the globe to foster understanding and we appreciate this Runsewe through his efforts over the years continues to bag both local and International awards Runsewe receiving an award as China Man of the Year 2021 by the Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association Recently Runsewe was given a commitment award by the Chinese Community in Nigeria for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China He got the award during the Chinese 2022 Mid Autumn Festival and National Day which was held in Lagos Dr Eric Ni Chairman Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association said that the Chinese Community had enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programmes due to the support enjoyed from NCAC and Runsewe Dr Matthew Uwaekwe Co ordinator Nigeria China Business Council during the ceremony said that Runsewe emerged the China Man of the Year after a voting session within the Chinese consulate Uwaekwe said that Runsewe had worked tirelessly to build a strong cultural tourism relationship between Nigeria and China He said that Runsewe had in various ways convinced the world that Nigerian culture in its diversity had the capacity to foster unity and peace among the people of both countries and the world According to him members of the Chinese community in Nigeria are elated at the pace and passion at which Runsewe brought to bear in his assignment as Nigeria culture chief Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has done well for the country He has the vision to promote the cultural relations between China and Nigeria and we therefore confer on him China Man of the Year Award He has emerged the China Man of the Year after a voting session within the Chinese consulate so this award is from the Chinese Community he said Similarly Runsewe emerged the best promoter and developer of Nigerian culture arts and crafts This was conferred on him by the National Associations of Nigeria Travel Agencies NANTA during the NANTA Eminent Persons Awards in 2021 held in Abuja Mrs Susan Akporaiye NANTA s National President said that NCAC under the leadership of Runsewe deserved the award due to the fact that the council also joined in combating COVID 19 pandemic since 2020 She said that while the frontline health workers worked tirelessly to get vaccines for COVID 19 pandemic the council also went all out to produce local face masks and hand sanitisers using local products within the country as a way to help curtail the spread of the virus According to Akporiaye Runsewe also repositioned NAFEST and the International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC such that they attract more of local and international tourists Otunba Runsewe has been a pillar of support for us in the travel and tourism industries when we need his help within the shortest time he attends to us promptly Aside this Otunba has helped the nation to properly project and rebrand its local cultural products which are INAC and NAFEST We have seen large production of face masks and hand sanitisers since 2020 which were produced with our local materials used to curtail the spread of COVID 19 pandemic These are beautiful contributions toward the promotion of culture arts and crafts and should be appreciated she said NCAC is just one of the numerous parastatals established by the Federal Government with the responsibility to promote culture and tourism When other parastatals wake up to their responsibilities like NCAC Nigeria will definitely be a choice destination for tourism and leisure NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria’s cultural integration getting international accolades
      Nigeria s cultural integration getting international accolades Chief Olusegun Runsewe and some of the international delegates at the recent 2022 edition of International Arts and Craft Expo Nigeria s cultural integration getting international accolades By Taiye Olayemi News Agency of Nigeria In view of the divergent cultural heritage across the globe it has become important to embrace cultural integration and diplomacy to foster understanding across tribes and ensure peace unity and harmony Cultural integration or referred to as globalisation is when individuals from one culture adopt practices from another without diminishing their own Also cultural diplomacy is a type of public diplomacy and soft power that includes the exchange of ideas information art language and other aspects of culture among nations and their people to foster mutual understanding In recognition of the benefits of cultural integration to national development Chief Olusegun Runsewe under his mandate as the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has created a common ground for world peace This has been evident in his numerous contributions to the process of uniting Nigerians with other nationals of the world Runsewe has been able to engage people from different races in cultural diplomacy and integration through the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST and the International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC During the 2022 INAC Edition most of the Ambassadors from other nations commended Runsewe for his unflinching efforts in uniting nationals from other countries with Nigerians through the exploration of culture Juan Reus Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Spain said he was attracted to attend the expo due to the laudable exhibitions held by NCAC over the years According to Reus Runsewe s contributions to development of world cultures through INAC is highly commendable as the Spanish would continue to exhibit in subsequent editions of INAC Clara Pulido Escandell Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria commended Runsewe s selfless efforts in ensuring cultural exchange programmes between the Cubans and Nigerians is constantly strengthened Pulido Escandell said this is yielding fruitful results David Velasquez Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria said It is a honour showcasing our arts and crafts to the world This is the strongest opportunity for cultural exchange and collaborations we should uphold this Otunba Runsewe has been a strong cultural pillar in Nigeria We love his commitment toward showcasing cultures across the globe to foster understanding and we appreciate this Runsewe through his efforts over the years continues to bag both local and International awards Runsewe receiving an award as China Man of the Year 2021 by the Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association Recently Runsewe was given a commitment award by the Chinese Community in Nigeria for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China He got the award during the Chinese 2022 Mid Autumn Festival and National Day which was held in Lagos Dr Eric Ni Chairman Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association said that the Chinese Community had enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programmes due to the support enjoyed from NCAC and Runsewe Dr Matthew Uwaekwe Co ordinator Nigeria China Business Council during the ceremony said that Runsewe emerged the China Man of the Year after a voting session within the Chinese consulate Uwaekwe said that Runsewe had worked tirelessly to build a strong cultural tourism relationship between Nigeria and China He said that Runsewe had in various ways convinced the world that Nigerian culture in its diversity had the capacity to foster unity and peace among the people of both countries and the world According to him members of the Chinese community in Nigeria are elated at the pace and passion at which Runsewe brought to bear in his assignment as Nigeria culture chief Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has done well for the country He has the vision to promote the cultural relations between China and Nigeria and we therefore confer on him China Man of the Year Award He has emerged the China Man of the Year after a voting session within the Chinese consulate so this award is from the Chinese Community he said Similarly Runsewe emerged the best promoter and developer of Nigerian culture arts and crafts This was conferred on him by the National Associations of Nigeria Travel Agencies NANTA during the NANTA Eminent Persons Awards in 2021 held in Abuja Mrs Susan Akporaiye NANTA s National President said that NCAC under the leadership of Runsewe deserved the award due to the fact that the council also joined in combating COVID 19 pandemic since 2020 She said that while the frontline health workers worked tirelessly to get vaccines for COVID 19 pandemic the council also went all out to produce local face masks and hand sanitisers using local products within the country as a way to help curtail the spread of the virus According to Akporiaye Runsewe also repositioned NAFEST and the International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC such that they attract more of local and international tourists Otunba Runsewe has been a pillar of support for us in the travel and tourism industries when we need his help within the shortest time he attends to us promptly Aside this Otunba has helped the nation to properly project and rebrand its local cultural products which are INAC and NAFEST We have seen large production of face masks and hand sanitisers since 2020 which were produced with our local materials used to curtail the spread of COVID 19 pandemic These are beautiful contributions toward the promotion of culture arts and crafts and should be appreciated she said NCAC is just one of the numerous parastatals established by the Federal Government with the responsibility to promote culture and tourism When other parastatals wake up to their responsibilities like NCAC Nigeria will definitely be a choice destination for tourism and leisure NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Nigeria’s cultural integration getting international accolades

    Nigeria’s cultural integration getting international accolades Chief Olusegun Runsewe and some of the international delegates at the recent 2022 edition of International Arts and Craft Expo    Nigeria’s cultural integration getting international accolades By Taiye Olayemi, News Agency of Nigeria In view of the divergent cultural heritage across the globe, it has become important to embrace cultural integration and diplomacy to foster understanding across tribes and ensure peace, unity and harmony.

    Cultural integration, or referred to as globalisation, is when individuals from one culture adopt practices from another without diminishing their own.

    Also, cultural diplomacy is a type of public diplomacy and soft power that includes the exchange of ideas, information, art, language and other aspects of culture among nations and their people to foster mutual understanding.

    In recognition of the benefits of cultural integration to national development, Chief Olusegun Runsewe, under his mandate as the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has created a common ground for world peace.

    This has been evident in his numerous contributions to the process of uniting Nigerians with other nationals of the world.

    Runsewe has been able to engage people from different races in cultural diplomacy and integration through the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) and the International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC).

    During the 2022 INAC Edition, most of the Ambassadors from other nations commended Runsewe for his unflinching efforts in uniting nationals from other countries with Nigerians through the exploration of culture.

    Juan Reus, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Spain, said he was attracted to attend the expo due to the laudable exhibitions held by NCAC over the years.

    According to Reus, Runsewe’s contributions to development of world cultures, through INAC, is highly commendable as the Spanish would continue to exhibit in subsequent editions of INAC.

    Clara Pulido-Escandell, Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, commended Runsewe’s selfless efforts in ensuring cultural exchange programmes between the Cubans and Nigerians is constantly strengthened.

    Pulido-Escandell said this is yielding fruitful results.

    David Velasquez, Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria said, “It is a honour showcasing our arts and crafts to the world.

    This is the strongest opportunity for cultural exchange and collaborations, we should uphold this.

    “Otunba Runsewe has been a strong cultural pillar in Nigeria.

    We love his commitment toward showcasing cultures across the globe to foster understanding and we appreciate this.

    ” Runsewe, through his efforts over the years, continues to bag both local and International awards.

    Runsewe receiving an award as China Man of the Year 2021 by the Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association   Recently, Runsewe was given a commitment award by the Chinese Community in Nigeria, for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China.

    He got the award during the Chinese 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, which was held in Lagos.

    Dr Eric Ni, Chairman, Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association, said that the Chinese Community had enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programmes, due to the support enjoyed from NCAC and Runsewe.

    Dr Matthew Uwaekwe, Co-ordinator, Nigeria-China Business Council, during the ceremony, said that Runsewe emerged the “China Man of the Year” after a voting session within the Chinese consulate.

    Uwaekwe said that Runsewe had worked tirelessly to build a strong cultural tourism relationship between Nigeria and China.

    He said that Runsewe had in various ways convinced the world that Nigerian culture, in its diversity, had the capacity to foster unity and peace among the people of both countries and the world.

    According to him, members of the Chinese community in Nigeria are elated at the pace and passion at which Runsewe brought to bear in his assignment as Nigeria culture chief.

    “Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has done well for the country.

    He has the vision to promote the cultural relations between China and Nigeria, and we therefore confer on him China Man of the Year Award.

    “He has emerged the China Man of the Year after a voting session within the Chinese consulate, so this award is from the Chinese Community,” he said.

    Similarly, Runsewe emerged the best promoter and developer of Nigerian culture, arts and crafts.

    This was conferred on him by the National Associations of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) during the NANTA Eminent Persons Awards, in 2021, held in Abuja.

    Mrs Susan Akporaiye, NANTA’s National President, said that NCAC under the leadership of Runsewe, deserved the award due to the fact that the council also joined in combating COVID-19 pandemic since 2020. She said that while the frontline health workers worked tirelessly to get vaccines for COVID-19 pandemic, the council also went all out to produce local face masks and hand sanitisers, using local products within the country, as a way to help curtail the spread of the virus.

    According to Akporiaye, Runsewe also repositioned NAFEST and the International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) such that they attract more of local and international tourists.

    “Otunba Runsewe has been a pillar of support for us in the travel and tourism industries, when we need his help within the shortest time, he attends to us promptly.

    “Aside this, Otunba has helped the nation to properly project and rebrand its local cultural products, which are INAC and NAFEST.

    “We have seen large production of face masks and hand sanitisers since 2020, which were produced with our local materials, used to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

    “These are beautiful contributions toward the promotion of culture, arts and crafts and should be appreciated,” she said.

    NCAC is just one of the numerous parastatals, established by the Federal Government, with the responsibility to promote culture and tourism.

    When other parastatals wake up to their responsibilities, like NCAC, Nigeria will definitely be a choice destination for tourism and leisure.

    (NANFeatures) *If used, please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria   
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  •   The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has been named the African Cultural Ambassador of the Decade While presenting the award on Monday Ms Julie Donli President Roost Foundation organisers of The African NGO and International Tourists Donor Organisation Festival ANGO described Runsewe as a worthy recipient Donli said Runsewe was highly rated for his philanthropic and humanitarian activities which had impacted positively on many lives in Nigeria She said that through the festival ANGO would offer a platform for all NGOs international donor organisations and other relevant stakeholders to relay their success stories According to her they will dialogue on the need to impact on people s lives promote humanitarian services and match organisations with potential donors She said the African NGO and the International Donor Organisation Festival were also aimed at celebrating the ingenuity of African NGOs and international donor groups According to Donli these are organisations which had contributed immensely to the growth and development of different sectors in African countries Responding Runsewe expressed appreciation to the organisers of the festival for the award He said that he was passionate about the Nigerian project and always willing to contribute his quota for the socio economic development of the nation through arts and culture Runsewe who is also the President of the World Crafts Council African Region said he was particularly touched by the slogan of the organisation which is Together serving Humanity According to him the NGOs and international donor organisations have silently impacted positively on many Nigerians in the areas of education and health The time to celebrate and encourage the NGOs and donor organisations has come we should join hands with the Roost Foundation to make history he said The festival is scheduled to hold on Thursday Sept 29 at the Ladi Kwali hall Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Runsewe bags cultural award
      The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has been named the African Cultural Ambassador of the Decade While presenting the award on Monday Ms Julie Donli President Roost Foundation organisers of The African NGO and International Tourists Donor Organisation Festival ANGO described Runsewe as a worthy recipient Donli said Runsewe was highly rated for his philanthropic and humanitarian activities which had impacted positively on many lives in Nigeria She said that through the festival ANGO would offer a platform for all NGOs international donor organisations and other relevant stakeholders to relay their success stories According to her they will dialogue on the need to impact on people s lives promote humanitarian services and match organisations with potential donors She said the African NGO and the International Donor Organisation Festival were also aimed at celebrating the ingenuity of African NGOs and international donor groups According to Donli these are organisations which had contributed immensely to the growth and development of different sectors in African countries Responding Runsewe expressed appreciation to the organisers of the festival for the award He said that he was passionate about the Nigerian project and always willing to contribute his quota for the socio economic development of the nation through arts and culture Runsewe who is also the President of the World Crafts Council African Region said he was particularly touched by the slogan of the organisation which is Together serving Humanity According to him the NGOs and international donor organisations have silently impacted positively on many Nigerians in the areas of education and health The time to celebrate and encourage the NGOs and donor organisations has come we should join hands with the Roost Foundation to make history he said The festival is scheduled to hold on Thursday Sept 29 at the Ladi Kwali hall Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Runsewe bags cultural award

     The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has been named the African Cultural Ambassador of the Decade.

    While presenting the award on Monday, Ms Julie Donli, President, Roost Foundation, organisers of The African NGO and International Tourists Donor Organisation Festival (ANGO), described Runsewe as a worthy recipient.

    Donli said Runsewe was highly rated for his philanthropic and humanitarian activities which had impacted positively on many lives in Nigeria.

    She said that through the festival, ANGO would offer a platform for all NGOs, international donor organisations and other relevant stakeholders to relay their success stories.

    According to her, they will dialogue on the need to impact on people’s lives, promote humanitarian services and match organisations with potential donors.

    She said the African NGO and the International Donor Organisation Festival were also aimed at celebrating the ingenuity of African NGOs and international donor groups.

    According to Donli, these are organisations which had contributed immensely to the growth and development of different sectors in African countries.

    Responding, Runsewe expressed appreciation to the organisers of the festival for the award.

    He said that he was passionate about the Nigerian project and always willing to contribute his quota for the socio- economic development of the nation through arts and culture.

    Runsewe, who is also the President of the World Crafts Council, African Region, said he was particularly touched by the slogan of the organisation which is  “Together, serving Humanity”.

    According to him, the NGOs and international donor organisations have silently impacted positively on many Nigerians in the areas of education and health.

    “The time to celebrate and encourage the NGOs and donor organisations has come, we should join hands with the Roost Foundation to make history,” he said.

    The festival is scheduled to hold on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Ladi Kwali hall, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.


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  •  The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Chief Olusegun Runsewe says there is need for compulsory insurance coverage for journalists considering the risks and threats they encounter in the line of duty Runsewe represented by Mr Frank Meke made the recommendation at a symposium organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ News Agency of Nigeria Chapel Lagos to mark the 2022 NAN NUJ Media Week Runsewe who was the Chief Guest of Honor at the programme emphasised the importance of journalists in the society The challenges of insecurity are also affecting the journalists This is because security is also part of the welfare system they require in order to do their job unsafe environment affects their state of mind It is important for all journalists to have insurance coverage he said He encouraged the general public to support journalists in their struggle as they could not do it alone Journalists need our support especially those in the field NAN cannot do the advocacy alone he said Runsewe advised journalists to take good care of their health and go for regular checkups According to him journalists go through stress in the cause of news coverage and production He condemned the attitude of suffering in silence and encouraged journalists to confide in one another about their problems The problem with us is that we don t like to share our problems look for your friend you can confide in If you have a problem just share it you never know who can help you Also you need to know that you are not alone he advised NAN reports that the NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 started on Monday Sept 19 with a Walk NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 Cultural Day Wednesday Sept 21 was marked as a Cultural Day to showcase the diverse rich cultures in Nigeria Members of staff from various ethnic groups displayed their traditional attire cuisine and dance NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 Cultural Day Some of the dignitaries who attended the Public Symposium on Thursday included representatives from His Royal Majesty Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal Abisogun II Oniru of Iruland Lagos and Dr Patrick Korie MD SUNU Health Nigeria Chairman of the occasion Others were two Guest Speakers CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi Nigeria Police Force Spokesman represented and Dr Samuel Aladejare a Psychiatrist who is President Association of Resident Doctors ARD Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Yaba Mr Bola Audu of Nestle Nigeria Plc and Dr Seyi Oyesola Founder and CEO of Critical Care Consultants A3Cs who made a presentation at the event among other dignitaries attended the programme www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Runsewe advocates insurance coverage for journalists
     The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Chief Olusegun Runsewe says there is need for compulsory insurance coverage for journalists considering the risks and threats they encounter in the line of duty Runsewe represented by Mr Frank Meke made the recommendation at a symposium organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ News Agency of Nigeria Chapel Lagos to mark the 2022 NAN NUJ Media Week Runsewe who was the Chief Guest of Honor at the programme emphasised the importance of journalists in the society The challenges of insecurity are also affecting the journalists This is because security is also part of the welfare system they require in order to do their job unsafe environment affects their state of mind It is important for all journalists to have insurance coverage he said He encouraged the general public to support journalists in their struggle as they could not do it alone Journalists need our support especially those in the field NAN cannot do the advocacy alone he said Runsewe advised journalists to take good care of their health and go for regular checkups According to him journalists go through stress in the cause of news coverage and production He condemned the attitude of suffering in silence and encouraged journalists to confide in one another about their problems The problem with us is that we don t like to share our problems look for your friend you can confide in If you have a problem just share it you never know who can help you Also you need to know that you are not alone he advised NAN reports that the NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 started on Monday Sept 19 with a Walk NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 Cultural Day Wednesday Sept 21 was marked as a Cultural Day to showcase the diverse rich cultures in Nigeria Members of staff from various ethnic groups displayed their traditional attire cuisine and dance NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 Cultural Day Some of the dignitaries who attended the Public Symposium on Thursday included representatives from His Royal Majesty Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal Abisogun II Oniru of Iruland Lagos and Dr Patrick Korie MD SUNU Health Nigeria Chairman of the occasion Others were two Guest Speakers CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi Nigeria Police Force Spokesman represented and Dr Samuel Aladejare a Psychiatrist who is President Association of Resident Doctors ARD Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Yaba Mr Bola Audu of Nestle Nigeria Plc and Dr Seyi Oyesola Founder and CEO of Critical Care Consultants A3Cs who made a presentation at the event among other dignitaries attended the programme www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Runsewe advocates insurance coverage for journalists
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    Runsewe advocates insurance coverage for journalists

    The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe, says there is need for compulsory insurance coverage for journalists considering the risks and threats they encounter in the line of duty.

    Runsewe, represented by  Mr Frank Meke, made the recommendation at a symposium organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), News Agency of Nigeria Chapel, Lagos, to mark the 2022 NAN NUJ Media Week. Runsewe, who was the Chief Guest of Honor at the programme, emphasised the importance of journalists in the society.

    “The challenges of insecurity are also affecting the journalists.

    “This is because security is also part of the welfare system they require in order to do their job; unsafe environment affects their state of mind.

    “It is important for all journalists to have insurance coverage,’’ he said.

    He encouraged the general public to support journalists in their struggle as they could not do it alone.

    “Journalists need our support especially those in the field; NAN cannot do the advocacy alone,’’ he said.

    Runsewe advised journalists to take good care of their health and go for regular checkups.

    According to him, journalists go through stress in the cause  of  news coverage and production.

    He condemned the attitude of suffering in silence and encouraged journalists to confide in one another about their problems.

    “The problem with us is that we don’t like to share our problems; look for your friend you can confide in.

    “If you have a problem just share it; you never know who can help you.

    Also you need to know that you are not alone,’’ he advised.

    NAN reports that the NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 started on Monday, Sept. 19 with a Walk. NAN NUJ Media Week 2022- Cultural Day  Wednesday, Sept. 21 was marked as a Cultural Day to showcase the diverse rich cultures in Nigeria.

    Members of staff from various ethnic groups displayed their traditional attire, cuisine and dance.

    NAN NUJ Media Week 2022- Cultural Day  Some of the dignitaries who attended the Public Symposium on Thursday included representatives from His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal Abisogun II, Oniru of Iruland, Lagos and Dr Patrick Korie, MD, SUNU Health Nigeria (Chairman of the occasion).

    Others were two Guest Speakers – CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Nigeria Police Force Spokesman (represented) and  Dr Samuel Aladejare, a Psychiatrist who is President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba., Mr Bola Audu of Nestle Nigeria Plc and Dr Seyi Oyesola, Founder and CEO of Critical Care Consultants – A3Cs (who made a presentation at the event), among other dignitaries attended the programme.

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  •  The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has called on the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators NATOP to harness culture and tourism potential to assist in boosting the nation s economy The Director General of the NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe gave the advice on Wednesday when the NATOP executives led by its National President Mrs Ime Udo paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja Runsewe who said that the nation s tourism destinations were largely untapped urged the association to harness and develop those potentials to improve the nation s Gross Domestic Product GDP There are many tourism destinations that are not harnessed and developed in this country Kogi State for instance has a major history tourism profile such as Mango Park Ajayi Crowther s house and the First Governor General Lord Lugard s house Nobody has tapped it So we would have used these ones in Kogi for tourist centres for anybody coming to go and see he said The director general stressed the need for stakeholders in the tourism sector to devise strategies in marrying both cultural and artificial tourism together while marketing tourism potentials to the world When I was in the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC any country I travelled to the first place I go in the morning is the prison of that country And people have been saying what is wrong with this man What has prison gone to do with the tourism When you are going to market and sell your country you must know the strength opportunities and weaknesses of your country in that country So this has come as a time we must quickly understand that NATOP is very key to improving the GDP of Nigeria Runsewe said Runsewe recalled that in 2016 he took all the state commissioners for tourism to South Africa to tour her tourism destinations and understand the word tourism economy When we got to South Africa I said to them that I want you to practically come and see South Africa is selling cultural tourism Dubai is selling artificial tourism You need to understand all these Now how do you go about it when we got to Nelson Madella s house and the then Commissioner for Tourism in Kano State said the house was not large when compared to our past leaders According to Runsewe Nigerians need to quickly tap cultural contents that could be marketed by the tourism strategy in the county Earlier Udo said that the purpose of the visit was to partner with the NCAC in areas of promoting culture to drive tourism sector According to her NCAC through its activities largely promotes the culture of Nigeria which is one of our drivers of tourism in Nigeria For every National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST or International Arts and Crafts INAC Expo that is being celebrated there is an opportunity to grow the traffic of tourists into Nigeria once the synergy and collaboration are there he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Harnessing tourism potential will boost Nigeria’s economy – Runsewe
     The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has called on the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators NATOP to harness culture and tourism potential to assist in boosting the nation s economy The Director General of the NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe gave the advice on Wednesday when the NATOP executives led by its National President Mrs Ime Udo paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja Runsewe who said that the nation s tourism destinations were largely untapped urged the association to harness and develop those potentials to improve the nation s Gross Domestic Product GDP There are many tourism destinations that are not harnessed and developed in this country Kogi State for instance has a major history tourism profile such as Mango Park Ajayi Crowther s house and the First Governor General Lord Lugard s house Nobody has tapped it So we would have used these ones in Kogi for tourist centres for anybody coming to go and see he said The director general stressed the need for stakeholders in the tourism sector to devise strategies in marrying both cultural and artificial tourism together while marketing tourism potentials to the world When I was in the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC any country I travelled to the first place I go in the morning is the prison of that country And people have been saying what is wrong with this man What has prison gone to do with the tourism When you are going to market and sell your country you must know the strength opportunities and weaknesses of your country in that country So this has come as a time we must quickly understand that NATOP is very key to improving the GDP of Nigeria Runsewe said Runsewe recalled that in 2016 he took all the state commissioners for tourism to South Africa to tour her tourism destinations and understand the word tourism economy When we got to South Africa I said to them that I want you to practically come and see South Africa is selling cultural tourism Dubai is selling artificial tourism You need to understand all these Now how do you go about it when we got to Nelson Madella s house and the then Commissioner for Tourism in Kano State said the house was not large when compared to our past leaders According to Runsewe Nigerians need to quickly tap cultural contents that could be marketed by the tourism strategy in the county Earlier Udo said that the purpose of the visit was to partner with the NCAC in areas of promoting culture to drive tourism sector According to her NCAC through its activities largely promotes the culture of Nigeria which is one of our drivers of tourism in Nigeria For every National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST or International Arts and Crafts INAC Expo that is being celebrated there is an opportunity to grow the traffic of tourists into Nigeria once the synergy and collaboration are there he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Harnessing tourism potential will boost Nigeria’s economy – Runsewe
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    Harnessing tourism potential will boost Nigeria’s economy – Runsewe

    The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has called on the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) to harness culture and tourism potential, to assist in boosting the nation’s economy.

    The Director- General of the NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, gave the advice on Wednesday when the NATOP executives, led by its National President, Mrs Ime Udo, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

    Runsewe, who said that the nation’s tourism destinations were largely untapped, urged the association to harness and develop those potentials to improve the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) “There are many tourism destinations that are not harnessed and developed in this country.

    “Kogi State, for instance, has a major history tourism profile such as Mango Park, Ajayi Crowther’s house and the First Governor General, Lord Lugard’s house.

    Nobody has tapped it.

    “So, we would have used these ones in Kogi for tourist centres for anybody coming to go and see,’’ he said.

    The director-general stressed the need for stakeholders in the tourism sector to devise strategies in marrying both cultural and artificial tourism together while marketing tourism potentials to the world.

    “When I was in the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), any country I travelled to, the first place I go in the morning is the prison of that country.

    “And people have been saying what is wrong with this man.

    What has prison gone to do with the tourism.

    “When you are going to market and sell your country, you must know the strength, opportunities and weaknesses of your country in that country.

    “So, this has come as a time we must quickly understand that NATOP is very key to improving the GDP of Nigeria,’’ Runsewe said.

    Runsewe recalled that in 2016, he took all the state commissioners for tourism to South Africa to tour her tourism destinations and understand the word tourism economy.

    “When we got to South Africa, I said to them that I want you to practically come and see.

    South Africa is selling cultural tourism.

    “Dubai is selling artificial tourism.

    You need to understand all these.

    “Now how do you go about it, when we got to Nelson Madella’s house and the then Commissioner for Tourism in Kano State said the house was not large when compared to our past leaders.

    ’’ According to Runsewe, Nigerians need to quickly tap cultural contents that could be marketed by the tourism strategy in the county.

    Earlier, Udo said that the purpose of the visit was to partner with the NCAC in areas of promoting culture to drive tourism sector.

    According to her, NCAC through its activities largely promotes the culture of Nigeria which is one of our drivers of tourism in Nigeria.

    “For every National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) or International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo that is being celebrated, there is an opportunity to grow the traffic of tourists into Nigeria once the synergy and collaboration are there,’’ he said
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  •  The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC is to partner with the Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria HATMAN to building capacity in the Nigerian creative industry The Director General of NCAC Chief Olusegun Runsewe made this known in Abuja when the National President of HATMAN Mr Samson Aturu led a delegation on a visit to his office The partnership is necessary because the creative sector remains the only sector that would save the nation s economy In Kenya a graduate who only taught how to dance Kenyan music and speak different languages has emloyed over 10 graduates By doing this he has removed 10 people from the streets We need HATMAN to develop this sector because this is the only sector that will save our economy director general said He said that the NCAC was also partnering with the Chinese Embassy on skill exchange programme for Nigerians in China I m also talking to the Chinese Embassy in fact last week I was with Chinese Ambassador we want China to give us 50 slots We will take two sects of Nigerians to China If your state can produce buttons then China will give us a platform how they will buy equipment for buttons making This is a brand I m building for the country With that we have reduced the cost close to N10 billion So every state now will see something doing The idea is that I want this country to be developed and great Runsewe said Earlier Aturu said that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the partnership to further develop and grow the tourism industry We watch seriously and closely your activities when you Runsewe were in the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC We therefore felt that it was very nice to pay you a visit to see how we can share ideas and how we can partner together to further develop and grow the tourism industry he said According to him generally the tourism industry has capacity to create jobs and reduce unemployment in our great country Aturu added that if the resources available are not properly harnessed it will be difficult to achieve the desired result So that is why HATMAN is putting together the 16th Annual Conference in Abuja on Oct 27 to further deliberate on tourism issues and development We are also intend to honour you with a Fellow award of HATMAN he said In another development Mrs Julie Okah the National President of the Roost Foundation presented a letter of nomination to the NCAC Chief as the African Cultural Ambassador Okah said that her visit was to inform the NCAC boss of the foundation s festival programme aimed at celebrating Non Governmental Organisations and international donors who had contributed to the growth and development of different sectors in Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAC to partner association on building capacity in creative industry
     The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC is to partner with the Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria HATMAN to building capacity in the Nigerian creative industry The Director General of NCAC Chief Olusegun Runsewe made this known in Abuja when the National President of HATMAN Mr Samson Aturu led a delegation on a visit to his office The partnership is necessary because the creative sector remains the only sector that would save the nation s economy In Kenya a graduate who only taught how to dance Kenyan music and speak different languages has emloyed over 10 graduates By doing this he has removed 10 people from the streets We need HATMAN to develop this sector because this is the only sector that will save our economy director general said He said that the NCAC was also partnering with the Chinese Embassy on skill exchange programme for Nigerians in China I m also talking to the Chinese Embassy in fact last week I was with Chinese Ambassador we want China to give us 50 slots We will take two sects of Nigerians to China If your state can produce buttons then China will give us a platform how they will buy equipment for buttons making This is a brand I m building for the country With that we have reduced the cost close to N10 billion So every state now will see something doing The idea is that I want this country to be developed and great Runsewe said Earlier Aturu said that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the partnership to further develop and grow the tourism industry We watch seriously and closely your activities when you Runsewe were in the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC We therefore felt that it was very nice to pay you a visit to see how we can share ideas and how we can partner together to further develop and grow the tourism industry he said According to him generally the tourism industry has capacity to create jobs and reduce unemployment in our great country Aturu added that if the resources available are not properly harnessed it will be difficult to achieve the desired result So that is why HATMAN is putting together the 16th Annual Conference in Abuja on Oct 27 to further deliberate on tourism issues and development We are also intend to honour you with a Fellow award of HATMAN he said In another development Mrs Julie Okah the National President of the Roost Foundation presented a letter of nomination to the NCAC Chief as the African Cultural Ambassador Okah said that her visit was to inform the NCAC boss of the foundation s festival programme aimed at celebrating Non Governmental Organisations and international donors who had contributed to the growth and development of different sectors in Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAC to partner association on building capacity in creative industry
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    NCAC to partner association on building capacity in creative industry

    The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) is to partner with the Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria (HATMAN) to building capacity in the Nigerian creative industry.

    The Director-General of NCAC, Chief Olusegun Runsewe, made this known in Abuja when the National President of HATMAN, Mr Samson Aturu led a delegation on a visit to his office.

    ”The partnership is necessary because the creative sector remains the only sector that would save the nation’s economy.

    ”In Kenya, a graduate who only taught how to dance Kenyan music and speak different languages, has emloyed over 10 graduates.

    By doing this, he has removed 10 people from the streets.

    “We need HATMAN to develop this sector because this is the only sector that will save our economy,’’ director-general said.

    He said that the NCAC was also partnering with the Chinese Embassy on skill exchange programme for Nigerians in China.

    “I’m also talking to the Chinese Embassy, in fact, last week, I was with Chinese Ambassador; we want China to give us 50 slots.

    We will take two sects of Nigerians to China.

    “If your state can produce buttons, then China will give us a platform how they will buy equipment for buttons making.

    This is a brand I’m building for the country.

    “With that, we have reduced the cost close to N10 billion.

    So, every state now will see something doing. 

    The idea is that I want this country to be developed and great,’’ Runsewe said.

    Earlier, Aturu said that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the partnership to further develop and grow the tourism industry.

    “We watch seriously and closely your activities when you (Runsewe) were in the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC).

    “`We, therefore, felt that it was very nice to pay you a visit to see how we can share ideas and how we can partner together to further develop and grow the tourism industry,’’ he said.

    According to him, generally, the tourism industry has capacity to create jobs and reduce unemployment in our great country.

    Aturu added that if the resources available are not properly harnessed, it will be difficult to achieve the desired result.

    “So, that is why HATMAN is putting together the 16th Annual Conference in Abuja on Oct. 27 to further deliberate on tourism issues and development.

    ”We are also intend to honour you with a Fellow award of HATMAN,’’ he said.

    In another development, Mrs Julie Okah, the National President of the Roost Foundation,  presented a letter of nomination to the NCAC Chief as the African Cultural Ambassador.

    Okah said that her visit was to inform the NCAC boss of the foundation’s festival programme aimed at celebrating Non-Governmental Organisations and international donors who had contributed to the growth and development of different sectors in Africa.


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  •  The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe says the agency is harnessing technology to reposition the arts and culture sub sector in Nigeria Runsewe told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday that technology came in handy for the agency during the COVID 19 Pandemic He said NCAC was one of the agencies that continued its activities to promote the country s values due to its ability to deploy technology Runsewe said with the use of technology the agency was able to carry out its activities with little or no hitch adding that there was minimal human contact During COVID 19 pandemic the agency was one of the few sub sectors that were busy with activities We were having forum every Saturday then We were the only ones that had a drive in theatre where people could watch from their cars We also had a radio network that was connected to car radios within the vicinity to making it easy for people to have clear audio he said Runsewe said given the dynamic nature of the society it was only proper for the agency to keep up with the times to make meaningful impact He said there is no way you can transfer information that technology will not be involved so it is critical Part of what we do is to adopt technology particularly in our effort to reach the youth who are technology savvy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAC harnessing technology to reposition arts, culture — Runsewe
     The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe says the agency is harnessing technology to reposition the arts and culture sub sector in Nigeria Runsewe told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday that technology came in handy for the agency during the COVID 19 Pandemic He said NCAC was one of the agencies that continued its activities to promote the country s values due to its ability to deploy technology Runsewe said with the use of technology the agency was able to carry out its activities with little or no hitch adding that there was minimal human contact During COVID 19 pandemic the agency was one of the few sub sectors that were busy with activities We were having forum every Saturday then We were the only ones that had a drive in theatre where people could watch from their cars We also had a radio network that was connected to car radios within the vicinity to making it easy for people to have clear audio he said Runsewe said given the dynamic nature of the society it was only proper for the agency to keep up with the times to make meaningful impact He said there is no way you can transfer information that technology will not be involved so it is critical Part of what we do is to adopt technology particularly in our effort to reach the youth who are technology savvy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAC harnessing technology to reposition arts, culture — Runsewe
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    NCAC harnessing technology to reposition arts, culture — Runsewe

    The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, says the agency is harnessing technology to reposition the arts and culture sub-sector in Nigeria.

    Runsewe told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday that technology came in handy for the agency during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    He said NCAC was one of the agencies that continued its activities to promote the country’s values due to its ability to deploy technology.

    Runsewe said with the use of technology, the agency was able to carry out its activities with little or no hitch, adding that there was minimal human contact.

    “During COVID-19 pandemic, the agency was one of the few sub-sectors that were busy with activities.

    “We were having forum every Saturday then.

    “We were the only ones that had a drive in theatre, where people could watch from their cars.

    “We also had a radio network that was connected to car radios within the vicinity to making it easy for people to have clear audio, ” he said.

    Runsewe said given the dynamic nature of the society, it was only proper for the agency to keep up with the times to make meaningful impact.

    He said, “there is no way you can transfer information that technology will not be involved, so it is critical.

    “Part of what we do is to adopt technology, particularly in our effort to reach the youth, who are technology savvy.


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  •  The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC says that understanding and appreciating the culture and beliefs of other Nigerians will prevent culture shocks and promote national unity The Director General of the NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja According to Runsewe parents have a major role to play in cementing cultural integration and breaking the problem of language barriers among others You will see that when it comes to inter ethnic marriages culture differences are among some of the challenges that the families are going to face This is because if you don t understand the cultural content of the person you are close to you are bound to have issues with the person So somebody from Ekiti State for instance must eat his pounded yam three times a day but this is not the way in other cultures The Ekiti man has made up his mind that this is what he likes But somebody from Sokoto State wants to take Fura da nunu that is his belief Runsewe said that Nigerians needed to reason together to see what united them rather than the issues dividing them For me we need to critically look and appreciate what brings us together as a people rather than what separates us He therefore urged public and private schools to reintroduce history as a subject in the school curriculum to make Nigerians to understand their past According to him Nigerian children need to know the history of their country because the history of Nigeria encapsulates great Nigerians who fought to build a united Nigeria I m sure you saw what happened few weeks ago The Lagos State government reintroduced history as a subject in the curriculum of schools in the state Do you know that 70 per cent of our leaders don t even know the history of Nigeria The history of Nigeria is those great Nigerians who fought to build a united Nigeria But at the end of the day we will see that most of the youths don t even know these people they don t even have an idea of what happened If you don t know how you got to where you are how then will you appreciate going back to where you are coming from So these are some of the issues Runsewe said that the NCAC was always organising school competitions on mother tongue and other related ideas In fact we are about the only agency that on the commemoration of Children Day puts up a special completion for children Last year the Korea Embassy joined us So in most cases what happens is that nobody celebrates our best We are always victims of negative things The director general recalled that during the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture NCAC had over six youth programmes which captured every stratum of Nigerian life Many people who come to visit and see what we were doing gave us credit But before now nobody was taking care of our children If you don t keep them busy they will become busy negatively We are happy that all those changes are coming up now and we are assuring Nigerians that will continue to put in our best as an agency the NCAC chief said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Understanding Nigeria’s culture `ll promote national unity: Runsewe
     The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC says that understanding and appreciating the culture and beliefs of other Nigerians will prevent culture shocks and promote national unity The Director General of the NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja According to Runsewe parents have a major role to play in cementing cultural integration and breaking the problem of language barriers among others You will see that when it comes to inter ethnic marriages culture differences are among some of the challenges that the families are going to face This is because if you don t understand the cultural content of the person you are close to you are bound to have issues with the person So somebody from Ekiti State for instance must eat his pounded yam three times a day but this is not the way in other cultures The Ekiti man has made up his mind that this is what he likes But somebody from Sokoto State wants to take Fura da nunu that is his belief Runsewe said that Nigerians needed to reason together to see what united them rather than the issues dividing them For me we need to critically look and appreciate what brings us together as a people rather than what separates us He therefore urged public and private schools to reintroduce history as a subject in the school curriculum to make Nigerians to understand their past According to him Nigerian children need to know the history of their country because the history of Nigeria encapsulates great Nigerians who fought to build a united Nigeria I m sure you saw what happened few weeks ago The Lagos State government reintroduced history as a subject in the curriculum of schools in the state Do you know that 70 per cent of our leaders don t even know the history of Nigeria The history of Nigeria is those great Nigerians who fought to build a united Nigeria But at the end of the day we will see that most of the youths don t even know these people they don t even have an idea of what happened If you don t know how you got to where you are how then will you appreciate going back to where you are coming from So these are some of the issues Runsewe said that the NCAC was always organising school competitions on mother tongue and other related ideas In fact we are about the only agency that on the commemoration of Children Day puts up a special completion for children Last year the Korea Embassy joined us So in most cases what happens is that nobody celebrates our best We are always victims of negative things The director general recalled that during the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture NCAC had over six youth programmes which captured every stratum of Nigerian life Many people who come to visit and see what we were doing gave us credit But before now nobody was taking care of our children If you don t keep them busy they will become busy negatively We are happy that all those changes are coming up now and we are assuring Nigerians that will continue to put in our best as an agency the NCAC chief said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Understanding Nigeria’s culture `ll promote national unity: Runsewe
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    Understanding Nigeria’s culture `ll promote national unity: Runsewe

    The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says that understanding and appreciating the culture and beliefs of other Nigerians will prevent culture shocks and promote national unity.

    The Director-General of the NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

    According to Runsewe, parents have a major role to play in cementing cultural integration and breaking the problem of language barriers, among others.

    “You will see that when it comes to inter-ethnic marriages, culture differences are among some of the challenges that the families are going to face.

    “This is because if you don’t understand the cultural content of the person you are close to, you are bound to have issues with the person.

    “So, somebody from Ekiti State, for instance, must eat his pounded yam three times a day but this is not the way in other cultures.

    “The Ekiti man has made up his mind that this is what he likes.

    But somebody from Sokoto State wants to take Fura da nunu, that is his belief.

    ” Runsewe said that Nigerians needed to reason together to see what united them, rather than the issues dividing them.

    “For me, we need to critically look and appreciate what brings us together as a people rather than what separates us.

    ” He, therefore, urged public and private schools to reintroduce history as a subject in the school curriculum, to make Nigerians to understand their past.

    According to him, Nigerian children need to know the history of their country because the history of Nigeria encapsulates great Nigerians who fought to build a united Nigeria.

    “I’m sure you saw what happened few weeks ago.

    The Lagos State government reintroduced history as a subject in the curriculum of schools in the state.

    “Do you know that 70 per cent of our leaders don’t even know the history of Nigeria?

    The history of Nigeria is those great Nigerians, who fought to build a united Nigeria.

    “But at the end of the day, we will see that most of the youths don’t even know these people, they don’t even have an idea of what happened.

    “If you don’t know how you got to where you are, how then will you appreciate going back to where you are coming from?

    So, these are some of the issues.

    ” Runsewe said that the NCAC was always organising school competitions on mother tongue and other related ideas.

    “In fact, we are about the only agency that on the commemoration of Children Day, puts up a special completion for children.

    “Last year, the Korea Embassy joined us.

    So, in most cases, what happens is that nobody celebrates our best.

    We are always victims of negative things.

    ” The director-general recalled that during the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture, NCAC had over six youth programmes, which captured every stratum of Nigerian life “Many people, who come to visit and see what we were doing, gave us credit.

    “But before now, nobody was taking care of our children.

    If you don’t keep them busy, they will become busy negatively.

    “We are happy that all those changes are coming up now and we are assuring Nigerians that will continue to put in our best as an agency,” the NCAC chief said.


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  •  The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has cautioned Nigerians against blowing the country s problems out of proportion The NCAC boss made the appeal in an interview with correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday He said that blowing the country s problems out of proportion was capable of hampering the progress and development of the country According to him while the issue of insecurity for instance is a challenge the best thing to do is to keep pushing as citizens while relevant agencies work to tackle the problems There is no country in the world that is 100 per cent free of insecurity and there is no country in the world that does not have its own Boko Haram insurgents Also there is no country in the world that would wait until the entire security network becomes 100 per cent before they start protecting what they have For instance NCAC held a programme recently in Abuja and we had over 54 countries in attendance and over 42 ambassadors What does that tell us it tells us that yes we have challenges but we do not have to wait until the last day of our challenges before we move Nigeria forward Runsewe called for concerted effort by Nigerians to help the country navigate through its challenges The Northerners have a proverb that says no matter how pretty someone is the person will have to continue bathing to maintain the beauty So Nigeria is a beautiful country and we should continue to bath it to maintain it in spite of the challenges and in no time by the grace of God we will overcome the problems We sincerely hope that we overcome some of these challenges because no country can become a champion if it does not overcome its challenges The director general also called for respect for one another s culture saying it was a panacea to peaceful co existence in the country Runsewe said the different cultures in Nigeria had different ways of doing things noting that every culture should be respected An Igbo man would break kola nut and pour libation to celebrate and someone gets angry and asks why he should break kola nut Well that is his culture Again you go to the Hausa man s house and he asks you to remove your shoes because he prays there and you pick offence saying what rubbish Then you go to the Yoruba man s house and you meet him eating with his hands with smoke of the amala yam meal coming out of every part of his hands and you say it is local With all these scenarios I have painted definitely we will have disagreements So we should respect one another s culture for peace to reign Runsewe however expressed his optimism that Nigeria would eventually overcome its challenges and take its pride of place in the comity of nations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Runsewe cautions on blowing Nigeria’s challenges out of proportion
     The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has cautioned Nigerians against blowing the country s problems out of proportion The NCAC boss made the appeal in an interview with correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday He said that blowing the country s problems out of proportion was capable of hampering the progress and development of the country According to him while the issue of insecurity for instance is a challenge the best thing to do is to keep pushing as citizens while relevant agencies work to tackle the problems There is no country in the world that is 100 per cent free of insecurity and there is no country in the world that does not have its own Boko Haram insurgents Also there is no country in the world that would wait until the entire security network becomes 100 per cent before they start protecting what they have For instance NCAC held a programme recently in Abuja and we had over 54 countries in attendance and over 42 ambassadors What does that tell us it tells us that yes we have challenges but we do not have to wait until the last day of our challenges before we move Nigeria forward Runsewe called for concerted effort by Nigerians to help the country navigate through its challenges The Northerners have a proverb that says no matter how pretty someone is the person will have to continue bathing to maintain the beauty So Nigeria is a beautiful country and we should continue to bath it to maintain it in spite of the challenges and in no time by the grace of God we will overcome the problems We sincerely hope that we overcome some of these challenges because no country can become a champion if it does not overcome its challenges The director general also called for respect for one another s culture saying it was a panacea to peaceful co existence in the country Runsewe said the different cultures in Nigeria had different ways of doing things noting that every culture should be respected An Igbo man would break kola nut and pour libation to celebrate and someone gets angry and asks why he should break kola nut Well that is his culture Again you go to the Hausa man s house and he asks you to remove your shoes because he prays there and you pick offence saying what rubbish Then you go to the Yoruba man s house and you meet him eating with his hands with smoke of the amala yam meal coming out of every part of his hands and you say it is local With all these scenarios I have painted definitely we will have disagreements So we should respect one another s culture for peace to reign Runsewe however expressed his optimism that Nigeria would eventually overcome its challenges and take its pride of place in the comity of nations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Runsewe cautions on blowing Nigeria’s challenges out of proportion
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    Runsewe cautions on blowing Nigeria’s challenges out of proportion

    The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has cautioned Nigerians against blowing the country’s problems out of proportion.

    The NCAC boss made the appeal in an interview with correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.

    He said that blowing the country’s problems out of proportion was capable of hampering the progress and development of the country.

    According to him, while the issue of insecurity for instance is a challenge, the best thing to do is to keep pushing as citizens, while relevant agencies work to tackle the problems.

    “There is no country in the world that is 100 per cent free of insecurity and there is no country in the world that does not have its own Boko Haram (insurgents).

    “Also, there is no country in the world that would wait until the entire security network becomes 100 per cent before they start protecting what they have.

    “For instance, NCAC held a programme recently in Abuja and we had over 54 countries in attendance and over 42 ambassadors.

    “What does that tell us, it tells us that yes, we have challenges but we do not have to wait until the last day of our challenges before we move Nigeria forward.

    ” Runsewe called for concerted effort by Nigerians to help the country navigate through its challenges.

    “The Northerners have a proverb that says no matter how pretty someone is, the person will have to continue bathing to maintain the beauty.

    “So, Nigeria is a beautiful country and we should continue to bath it to maintain it, in spite of the challenges and in no time by the grace of God, we will overcome the problems.

    “We sincerely hope that we overcome some of these challenges because no country can become a champion, if it does not overcome its challenges.

    ” The director-general also called for respect for one another’s culture, saying it was a panacea to peaceful co-existence in the country.

    Runsewe said the different cultures in Nigeria had different ways of doing things, noting that every culture should be respected.

    “An Igbo man would break kola nut and pour libation to celebrate and someone gets angry and asks why he should break kola nut.

    Well, that is his culture.

    “Again, you go to the Hausa man’s house and he asks you to remove your shoes because he prays there and you pick offence, saying what rubbish.

    “Then you go to the Yoruba man’s house and you meet him eating with his hands with smoke of the amala (yam meal) coming out of every part of his hands and you say it is local.

    “With all these scenarios, I have painted, definitely we will have disagreements.

    So, we should respect one another’s culture for peace to reign.

    ” Runsewe, however, expressed his optimism that Nigeria would eventually overcome its challenges and take its pride of place in the comity of nations.


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  •  Otunba Olusegun Runsewe Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC says that adopting native solutions will go a long way in curbing rape cases and other vices Runsewe made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja He said that anybody found guilty of vices such as rape advance fee fraud and other related crimes should be taken to his or her family house to dance by the village square We have to use local and native approach to tackle issues of rape advance fee fraud and other vices Many of our people go abroad come back and give us bad name because of their crimes yet they come back to celebrate and promote these vices So what I think we should do from now is that once somebody commits a crime the person should be taken close to the family house Let them dance by the village square I m telling you that you will be shock that you won t get anyone committing crimes Runsewe said that the major reason why crimes had continued was that somebody that committed crime would get bail from one top person in society So let us put it this way both the person that committed the crime and the man standing for his bail should go to jail You will see that nobody will go again Once they know that they can t buy off the security agents on issues like these I can assure you that a lot of changes is around the corner Runsewe stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Native solutions will curb rape, other vices, says Runsewe
     Otunba Olusegun Runsewe Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC says that adopting native solutions will go a long way in curbing rape cases and other vices Runsewe made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja He said that anybody found guilty of vices such as rape advance fee fraud and other related crimes should be taken to his or her family house to dance by the village square We have to use local and native approach to tackle issues of rape advance fee fraud and other vices Many of our people go abroad come back and give us bad name because of their crimes yet they come back to celebrate and promote these vices So what I think we should do from now is that once somebody commits a crime the person should be taken close to the family house Let them dance by the village square I m telling you that you will be shock that you won t get anyone committing crimes Runsewe said that the major reason why crimes had continued was that somebody that committed crime would get bail from one top person in society So let us put it this way both the person that committed the crime and the man standing for his bail should go to jail You will see that nobody will go again Once they know that they can t buy off the security agents on issues like these I can assure you that a lot of changes is around the corner Runsewe stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Native solutions will curb rape, other vices, says Runsewe
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    Native solutions will curb rape, other vices, says Runsewe

    Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), says that adopting “native solutions’’ will go a long way in curbing rape cases and other vices.

    Runsewe made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

    He said that anybody found guilty of vices such as rape, advance fee fraud and other related crimes should be taken to his or her family house to dance by the village square.

    “We have to use local and native approach to tackle issues of rape, advance fee fraud and other vices.

    “Many of our people go abroad, come back and give us bad name because of their crimes, yet they come back to celebrate and promote these vices.

    “So, what I think we should do from now is that once somebody commits a crime, the person should be taken close to the family house.

    Let them dance by the village square.

    “I’m telling you that you will be shock that you won’t get anyone committing crimes.

    ” Runsewe said that the major reason why crimes had continued was that somebody that committed crime would get bail from one top person in society.

    “So, let us put it this way: both the person that committed the crime and the man standing for his bail should go to jail.

    You will see that nobody will go again.

    “Once they know that they can’t buy off the security agents on issues like these, I can assure you that a lot of changes is around the corner,” Runsewe stated.


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