The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has emphasized the need to strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Bangladesh.
Otunba said this during a courtesy visit made by the High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, His Excellency, Masudur Rahman to the NCAC Headquarters in Abuja.
Runsewe noted that Nigeria has benefitted a lot from the mutual cultural relationship with Bangladesh in the areas of education, poverty eradication, trade and many more, adding that both countries share similar values and ideals as common members of United Nations, Non Aligned Movement, D8 Group of Nations among others.
According to Runsewe, it is worthy of note that in March 2016, Bangladesh exited the group of low income countries.
During the meeting, Otunba Runsewe took his time to inform the High Commissioner about the forthcoming programme of NCAC called the International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) and also seeked the participation of Bangladesh in INAC and other NCAC activities.
He also sought partnership with the Republic of Bangladesh to organize a joint exhibition in Nigeria and in Bangladesh, noting that it will be very rewarding to both countries.
Runsewe said that he is aware that Bangladesh supplies Nigeria with ceramic, tobacco, cotton materials, bags, and carpet which has helped to boost the Nigerian economy through trade.
While responding, the High Commissioner for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, His Excellency Masudur Rahman told Runsewe that he is aware of the cordial relationship that exists between NCAC and Bangladesh and promised to sustain it.
Rahman said that he hopes to continue the tradition of exchange of cultural troupes and will soon plan a visit for Nigerian cultural troupes to visit Bangladesh.
He added that his country has great support for research and scholarship schemes that Nigerians can explore.
Like his predecessor, Rahman promised to participate in all activities of NCAC.