The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) said it holds the International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo in order to showcase Nigeria’s cultural strength globally as INAC is a platform used to engage and network arts and crafts makers to the world.
This was disclosed by the Director General (DG) of NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe on Wednesday night at the 14th International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo in Abuja.
He said, “We have to do this now, particularly at the time COVID-19 has kept us at home; Nigeria should take the lead in Africa to show that we have tried to come out of it so that life can come. It has affected every economy and it is not in our interest.”
While speaking on insecurity, he blamed the COVID-19 pandemic which he said affected people’s businesses and the economy at large, thereby increasing crime rate in the country.
He said, “COVID-19 is the cause of some criminal activities like kidnapping and banditry because people are not engaged.
“This is one of the platforms we are engaging the people. We have 10 states here that have come to show the strength of their states to the world through the NCAC.
“So for me, it is a wake-up call that we are getting out of the huge COVID-19.”
He also stated that INAC has made great contributions to the country’s growth and development, adding that, an ordinary artifact person who produces a new craft now has the opportunity to touch a new thing in life.
The DG said, “For us as an organisation, we are happy that our platform is being used to network the strength of Nigeria globally.
“Before now, people didn’t understand the meaning of culture; it is an intangible contribution to human endeavor.
“So, what I have been trying to do is to carry culture to the next level and tell Nigerians that this is our heritage.
“This is to change the perception of other people about us. We need to tell our story, and one of the platforms to tell our story is the INAC.”