Kogi State Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Hon Salifu Isah Idachaba has restated the commitment of the State Government to the promotion of cultural festivals in the State.
The Commissioner stated this when he received in audience the National President of Ogori Descendants Union, Engr Gbemi Omole in his office.
He disclosed that Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has deep affection for cultural festivals and he is determined to promote them, particularly as a vehicle of unity and oneness in the State.
He added that Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello is determined to use Kogi State diverse culture and tourism potentials in particular and across Nigeria in general to galvanize and drive development beyond the shores of Nigeria if given the mandate to run the affairs of Nigeria at the appropriate time.
Pointing out that the Governor is very fond of the Ovia Osese festival of the Ogori people, the Commissioner gave the assurance that the State Government is prepared to develop and promote the festival to international heights.
“We are very much determined to develop and showcase our wonderful festivals that cut across the nooks and crannies of the State for the world to see. Ovia Osese is a good example of such festivals that we are ready to promote”, Hon Idachaba stressed.
He added that Kogi State is a tourist haven that when fully developed would be a major source of revenue for the state, stating that the Governor is very much aware of this, thus his determination to develop the sector.
Earlier, the National President of Ogori Descendants Union, Engr Gbemi Omole informed the Commissioner that they were in his office to intimate him that preparations towards the 2021 Ovia Osese festival have commenced.
He solicited the support of the State Government in further promotion of the festival, stating that the festival has overtime attracted over five thousand tourists from within and outside the Country.
He said this year’s event would be focused on reawaking the consciousness of parents on the need to instruct their girl child for a better tomorrow; thus, the theme: THE OGORI GIRL-CHILD: SHAPING HER FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.
He gave the assurance that the Community would continue to be supportive of the State Government, particularly in the area of peaceful coexistence within and without the Community.