MANAGEMENT of College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti has pledged its renewed commitment to collaborate with Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture in rejuvenation and promotion of creative arts, music and theatre in the state.
The school Provost, Dr Vincent Kehinde, disclosed this while hosting the management of the council led by its Director-General, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre, in the school on Tuesday.
Dr Kehinde who was represented by Dr Babatope Omoyajowo, Dean Postgraduate studies said the school was opened to any form of collaboration that would enhance academics, skill acquisition, the discovery of talents and showcasing the diligence of its students and lecturers to the world.
He maintained that “We have quality lecturers and diligently committed students who are adept, skilled, horned and professional in the major aspects of the creative industry, music, theatre and fine arts and who are ever ready to work, collaborate and form a synergy of creative purpose with the government.”
He commended Governor John Kayode Fayemi for instituting a regime of cultural and value renaissance at this point in time when the society has lost it a moral sense.
The Heads of Department of Music, Dr E.O. Olusegun, Theatre Arts, Dr Omololu Abe, and Dr Odunayo Ajayi of Fine arts in their remarks lauded the Ojo-Lanre led the management of Arts and Culture for the bold step taken in involving the academics as part of the stakeholders in the Arts and Cultural sector in the state.
They also assured him of their support in organizing events, exhibition, performances and other activities that will enhance their skills and showcase their talents to the world.
The Director-General of the Council, Ojo-Lanre noted that College of Education Ikere Ekiti is noted for its outstanding record in developing talents in the creative industry.
He added that the council will involve, consult and encourage all tertiary institutions and other stakeholders in building a formidable team that will champion and enhance Ekiti Arts and Culture through music, drama and others”.
“Our mandate is to rebrand, rejuvenate and reawaken the consciousness of our people on the development of arts and cultural rejuvenation in the state which is in line with the value reorientation of Dr Kayode Fayemi led administration.”
Ojo-Lanre was who was accompanied by two directors of the Council, Director, Arts and Artifacts Mr Tunde Adewumi and Director, Research and Documentation Mr Abdul Babalola said that the task of enhancing the cultural and arts potentialities of Ekiti State was a collective endeavour which required all hands to be on deck.