Published on : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Last Wednesday Enugu State annual cultural and tourism festival commenced with a pledge by the state government to ensure constant and sustained development of its tourism sector.
Governor Sullivan Chime, declared the festival open and said the fourth edition was aimed at promoting the culture of the state.
Chime, represented by his Deputy, Raphael Nwoye, said the fiesta would also help to boost the state’s revenuec.’
‘It is at the forefront of this administration’s will to promote our culture and tourism potential.
Culture is a train that binds people. Tourism has become the major income earner for many countries of the world due to cultural festivals and carnivals.
“With Nigeria working assiduously to develop alternative and sustainable sources of revenue, we as a state, are eager to be at the forefront of this move,” he said.
Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, said that the festival was to instill the culture of the people of the state into the younger generation.
“Many of our children do not know our culture.
This festival is meant to teach our children the culture of the people of Enugu and Igbo in general.
“We need to promote culture and tourism. This festival will be one of the legacies that Governor Sullivan Chime will leave behind in the interest of the people,” Agubuzu said. Some of the participating states, who spoke to newsmen, said they were at the festival to showcase their dances, culture and to add colour to the event.
The Supervising Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Chuks Ugwoke, said that the fiesta would attract thousands of visitors from within and outside.
The nine-day event would feature cultural dances and wrestling competitions, masquerade displays, beauty contests and children’s show to reawaken cultural values in the minds of the people.
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