The Director-General, National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukor has assured that his agency would support and collaborate with Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture at staging a successful 2019 Ekiti State Festival for Arts and Culture scheduled for 10 to 13 December 2019.
Comrade Tar Ukor made this commitment yesterday when he paid a visit to the Chairperson of EKIFEST 2019, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.
He commended Erelu Bisi Fayemi for her strong and passionate love for culture and value orientation despite her glorious intercontinental exposure to fad, fashion and so-called civilization.
Comrade Ukor pointed out that Ekiti State is a paragon of cultural value and pristine ethics which should not only be preserved but enhanced for this generation and generation yet unborn.
He said that Governor Fayemi has placed the name of Ekiti State on the cultural global cultural map through his cultural and value orientation policy thus cultivating a great measure of respect and honour to both the state and its eminent indigenous.
Erelu Bisi Fayemi who presented a souvenir of Ogotun Mat to Comrade Ukor commended him for his love for Ekiti and assured him that Ekiti would always be a home to him.
She revealed that Ekiti is home to wonderful indigenous industries like mat weaving, pottery, bead making and traditional fabric making.
Comrade Ukor saluted the state for its outstanding performance at the 2019 NAFEST held in Edo State where Ekiti was adjudged the Most Creative and Innovative State of the Federation.
He remarked that this feat has distinguished Ekiti State as not only a fountain of knowledge but a spring and headquarter of cultural vibes in Nigeria.
Comrade Ukor commended the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture under Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre for adding immeasurable value to the pride, dignity and global perception of the state.
Comrade Ukor who had a meeting with Otunba Tade Aluko, Aluko, Ganiyu Ibrahim, Permanent Secretary, Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Rotimi Awelewa, Jeremiah Okonjo and Ojo-Lanre disclosed that his agency would establish a Bata Academy and trained 100 creative artists in Ekiti State.