The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has stated that he would work with the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and other state governors to change the face of Arts and Culture in the country.
This is just as he commended the Governor of Lagos State for not only constituting a new board for Arts and Culture in Lagos, but also for appointing quality members into the board.
NCAC boss, who spoke to select journalists in Abuja, explained that apart from working with state governors, NCAC will very soon roll out programmes will compliment the desire of state governors in Nigeria to revive the arts and culture sector.
According to him, “We at NCAC note the Lagos Governor’s commitment, dedication and encouragement for the revival and sustenance of the Creative Arts and Culture which is without measure. NCAC will soon roll out programmes that will not only compliment the desire of state governors in Nigeria to revive the arts and culture sector but will also show practically how Arts and Culture can generate jobs and revenue”.
On the new board, the NCAC boss noted that Ambode’s decision to inaugurate the board was not only timely but was a right step in the right direction towards reviving culture in the state.
Otunba Runsewe, who was recently appointed the DG of NCAC, urged members of the board not to disappoint the Governor in particular and Nigerians in general, who according to him believes that Lagos holds the soul and spirit of Culture and Creative Arts emancipation and direction in Nigeria.
The names of the persons inaugurated by Ambode in the new Lagos Culture and Arts board includes: Polly Alakija as Chairman, Joke Silva, Film Maker Kunle Afolayan, Visual Artist Kolade Oshinowo, Nike Okundaye, High Chief Mobee of Badagry, Patrick Yodenu Mobee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adeshina Adeyemi and Director of Culture Lagos Council of Arts and Culture, Mrs. Saidat Otulana.
He urged the Arts and Culture professionals to live up to expectation by tapping on the window offered by Governor Ambode to change the narrative of Nigeria’s Creative Arts and Culture evolution, history and also make it beneficial to Nigerians.
He pointed out that Joke Silva, Kunle Afolayan, Nike Okundaye and others on the board are tested hands and as a result cannot afford to fail Nigerians.