By Idu Ogaba
The National Assembly yesterday showered encomium on the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Reindeer and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu for protecting the Arts and Crafts Village located at the Central Area, adjacent to the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers, among other public utilities.
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism led by Hon. Ogbeide Ihama, passed the verdict during an over-sight of the NCAC.
The House deplored a situation where private individuals would convert government property for personal use, extolling the IGP and Runsewe for securing the permanent site of the NCAC.
Hon. Ihama said both men have remained unwavering in their commitment to protecting government properties, citing the Art and Crafts Village belonging to NCAC as an example.
According to the members who expressed pleasure with the efforts made so far by Runsewe to refurbish the Art and Crafts village expected to generate thousands of jobs when completed, they specifically noted that he fought a war against principalities and powers.
The members further harped on the need for other CEOs to secure and maintain similarly places under their care, as the NCAC Cultural Village was almost taken over by some self-serving individuals for selfish gains until Runsewe, upon assuming office decided the party was over.
They expressed the full support of the federal government as the council seeks to re-open the village for the benefit of Nigerians.
Runsewe led the members to the village explaining that no stone will be left unturned in a bid to rebuild the place to meet international standards.