By Idu Ogaba
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has expressed the desire of his state in hosting the 2021 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
Receiving the bid documents from the Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Prof. Tunde Bakare, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, commended Governor Fayemi for the early indication of interest to host the cultural fiesta.
Runsewe described the governor as a proactive leader who is committed to giving the best to his state at all times.
Stating that the early submission of the bid documents by the Ekiti State Government was a sign of seriousness and the desire to kick start early preparations towards putting in place the necessary logistics and infrastructure for a successful fiesta, Runsewe added that the council expects bids from more states in respect of the NAFEST 2021.
The Director-General commended the Governor Fayemi’s wife, Mrs. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, for declaring that if given the hosting rights, Ekiti State would stage ‘the mother of all NAFEST’.
He stressed that the statements by Her Excellency was an indication of the determination and political will of the Ekiti State Government to make NAFEST 2021 the best in the history of such festivals.
It would be recalled that the Plateau State Government won the hosting rights for NAFEST 2020 during the closing ceremonies of the 2019 Edo NAFEST at Benin City, on October 26, 2019.
Arrangements are already on top gear for the hosting of the 2020 edition of the festival in Jos, Plateau State, in October, this year.