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Art, Culture and Creative Economy Minister Visits +234 Art Fair, Says Fed Govt Has a Road Map and Strategic Framework for Sector

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Lagos, March 25, 2024 – The Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa says the Federal Government has developed a road map and strategic framework for the creative industry, as the sector with the highest potential for wealth creation, especially now that the country is determined to diversify from oil. Hannatu Musawa, who was a guest at the ongoing +234 art Fair holding at the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC), stated that the government has a robust plan to support culture and economic expansion through the creative industry. She said that government cannot do it alone and is therefore looking towards a public-private sector (PPP) arrangement to accomplish this goal. The ongoing +234Art is an international art exhibition curated by Soto Gallery, in partnership with Ecobank Nigeria Limited and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) for young ‘un-galleried’ emerging Nigerian Artists. The 10-day exhibition showcasing over 200 artists from across the country runs from Friday 22nd March through 31st. The Minister who visited the various exhibition stands at the fair expressed satisfaction with the Painting, Photography and Sculpture on display, assuring of massive support and exposure to the young artists to enable them contribute more to the growth of the economy. “I’m amazed at the works on display.

Project Manager +234 Art Fair, Toyin Laoshe; Managing Director/Regional Executive, Ecobank Nigeria, Bolaji Lawal; Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa; Founder Soto Gallery and +234 Art Fair Tola Akerele; Principal Advisor to Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Faiz Imam and Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Jide Sipe, during the Minister’s visit to the ongoing +234 Art Fair holding at the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) in Lagos at the

I can see great talents and amazing creatives. There is strong display of our diversities and culture as a nation. Indeed, there are abundant talents all over the country. We will open the space, give them the necessary exposure and support to realize their ambition. We are looking at partnerships we can have to bring funding to the space and be able to open up its potentials. I assure the creatives that government is now ready to give them support so they can have the enabling environment to operate. I am proud and honored to be here today to see artworks of emerging artists, and the ministry will do all it can to support them”. She stated.

Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa exchanging pleasantries with popular Nigerian photographer and painter, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and others during her visit to the +234 Art Fair

She commended Ecobank Nigeria, Africa Finance Corporation, Soto Gallery and other sponsors of the fair for providing the artists the platform to display their talents and creatives, assuring that her ministry will continue to support and encourage such initiatives. The +234Art is an international art exhibition is for young ‘un-galleried’ emerging Nigerian Artists. ‘+234Art’ is an amalgam of Nigeria’s country calling code, and the all-encompassing word – ‘Art’. The fair is dedicated to nurturing and uplifting the burgeoning art industry in Nigeria by providing a platform to support emerging artists and encourage increased interest in art acquisition, thereby contributing to the growth and prosperity of the local art sector and its international recognition. This maiden edition takes the thematic direction of ‘A New Heritage’ and is designed to serve as a melting pot of artistic creativity from different strata of the society. The free entry fair is an immersive showcase of Painting, Photography and Sculpture, providing the general public with a closer look at what emerging artists, and photographers in Nigeria today are up to. The exhibition provides an avenue for cultural resonance, discovery of emerging art talent, wealth creation, learning experiences, networking opportunities and social Impact. +234Art Fair is a 10-day exhibition which is opened till Sunday March the 31st, at the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) 2,000 square meter exhibition centre. The fair is already attracting Nigerians from all walks of life, Africans and non-African resident in Nigeria, top government officials, policy makers, members of the diplomatic corps and art enthusiasts across the globe.

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I believe in full LG autonomy, it reduces burden on states: Kwara Gov

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday said he believes in full autonomy for local government areas.

He clarified that the position of the state in the ongoing legal proceedings on local government is that the state does not violate any section of the law regarding autonomy.

“It is my personal belief that each local government should manage its resources and be responsible for its obligations, including wages that are first line charges. I also believe that the State Governor should not be held liable if any local government is unable to pay salaries since we do not touch a kobo of their money.

“We also do not have any joint project accounts with any local government in the state, as was the case with the previous administration in our state,” according to a statement by the Governor.

“These are my personal beliefs. But my personal belief is not necessarily the same as the letters of the law, including the provisions of the JAAC, which is a creation of the Constitution. As of today, local government allocations are sent to the JAAC as required by the law. Section 162 of the Constitution is very clear on this.

“As things stand today, no activity of the local government in Kwara State is at variance with these provisions of the law. Our case in the court is not about my personal belief. It is, we believe, in the defence of the constitution, which created JAAC for reasons that are well-grounded in our experiences as a people. JAAC, in summary, pulls resources together to pay all teachers, health workers, traditional rulers, and other statutory duties listed in the schedule of the local government areas. If we all want these to change as a national consensus, we believe that the constitution will have to be amended to expunge JAAC.”

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Gov AbdulRazaq Appoints Prof. Shaykh-Lukman As New KWASU VC

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  • CoED Ilorin to host varsity of education, others to follow

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has named Prof. Shaykh-Lukman Alade Jimoh as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU).

The appointment follows the outcome of the screening exercise of the university’s governing council where Prof. Shaykh-Lukman placed first among the candidates.

Shaykh-Lukman is currently the Ag. Vice Chancellor of the University. He was before then a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University between 2020 and 2022.

He comes highly recommended to the job with decades of experience as an administrator and university scholar.

Shaykh-Lukman, 60, is a recipient of several academic honours, including Best Graduating Student of the Department of Religions (University of Ilorin) 1988; University Undergraduate Scholarship Award (1987/1988); University Scholar 1987/1988). He is a Fellow/member of many professional bodies such as Chartered Institute of Public Advocacy and Management and Council of Experts for International Centre on Contemporary Research in Islamic Sciences (United Kingdom).

Shaykh-Lukman hails from Igbaja in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The Governor meanwhile has approved for the Kwara State College of Education Ilorin to transmute into the University of Education for ease of take off and other logistic advantages.

“The government will continue ongoing efforts to transform the two other colleges of education and make them more viable in line with current realities in the sector,” according to a statement from the Government House.

The decision on the location of the university comes a few days after the Governor assented to the Kwara State University Teaching Hospital (Establishment) and Kwara State University of Education (Establishment) Bills, effectively birthing a teaching hospital and the university of education.

The signing took place in Government House in Ilorin in the presence of House of Assembly Speaker Rt Hon. Yakubu Danladi Salihu; Majority Leader Hon. Oba AbdulKadir Magaji; and the Clerk of the House AbdulKareem Ahmed; and a member of the Committee on the Establishment of Kwara State University of Education/Special Adviser (Special Duties) Abdulrazaq Jiddah.

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Shun drug abuse, cultism, actions that can ruin your future, Kwara Gov tells students

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  • As govt holds stakeholders’ dialogue on stemming social vices
  • Experts harp on good parenting, value reorientation for crime control

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday called on the Nigerian youth most especially students to always shun drug abuse, cultism and other actions that can ruin their future.

He said the future of Nigeria is tied to how the youth turn out to be, urging them to make the right choice.

The Governor was speaking in Ilorin,.the state capital, at the Stakeholders’ Dialogue on
Stemming the Tide of Social Vices among Students: A Panacea for Positive Growth.

The programme was organized by the office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students’ Affairs, Hon. Abdulwasiu Onidugbe. It featured panel discussions where the panelists shared their views on how to tackle the menace.

“Cultism, cyber crime, drug abuse, and sexual abuse, among others, set you up for uncertain future of regrets, stigmatization, premature death, and inability to attain your dreams. I am pleading that you do not engage in any of it for the sake of your future,” the Governor said through the Commissioner of Tertiary Education Dr Mary Arinde, who represented him.

“Your parents have made huge investments to make you a successful person. The way to pay them back is to shun any activities, associations, and affiliations that will make them cry”.

AbdulRazaq commended Hon Onidugbe for the initiative, and appreciated all security agencies and other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the discussion.

“This conversation is not about name-calling or public shaming of anyone who may be involved in any of these social activities we have talked about. It is about giving you fresh perspectives and opening your eyes to the danger associated with these activities, and asking you to make good choices that will give you a head start and make you a valuable member of our community,” he added.

The event attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, including the Speaker Kwara House of Assembly Rt Hon Yakubu Salihu Danladi ably represented by Hon Rukayat Shittu; some cabinet members; State Commissioner of Police, CP Victor Olaiya; State Commander for NDLEA, Bashir Ibrahim Muhammed; Ilorin Zonal Head for EFCC, Harry Erin; Director, National Orientation Agency, Kwara state branch and a panelist, Olusegun Adeyemi; heads of federal and state institutions, academics, Corps members and students from across the tertiary and secondary levels.

The Minister of Youth Development, who is from Kwara, Hon Jemilat Bío was represented by Prince Momoh Olugbenga; while Hon Yinka Dallas stood in for the Minister of state for Youth Development, Ayodele Olawande.

Onidugbe, in his remarks, said the dialogue was organized to raise awareness about the severity of the menace, share experiences and expertise, and collaborate on effective strategies and solutions.

He said it is unfortunate that social immoralities on campuses are on the high side, thereby undermining the efforts of the government and putting the students’ lives at risk. He said there is the need for all key stakeholders to join hands in protecting the students and ensuring their success.

CP Olaiya, for his part, said youth indulge in cultism and cyber crimes because they are in haste and desperate to achieve set goals, admonishing them to thread slowly.

“Some youths are too desperate to get things done. Don’t be in the fast lane. Try to stay on the slow but steady lane, because those who are on steady lane win the race,” he said, pledging to continue to work to rid the state of all forms of crime.

A University don, Prof Mary Fajonyomi, in her lecture, said cyber crimes, drug abuse, examination malpractice and other forms of social immoralities are largely bred from “sick” homes, where she noted, lack the good morals.

Fajonyomi, who decried how poor parenting is fast crippling the society, and tasked all parents and guardians to be alive to their duties by properly monitoring their children, and guide their steps to succeed and become useful.

Adeyemi, in his contribution, said it is important for parents to ensure that their children are properly guided on the use of social media, failing which he said can expose them wrongly.

Prince Momoh Olugbenga, who represented the Minister of Youth Development, commended the state government for its commitment to youth development and how it continues to groom them for a better future.

He said the Federal Government is committed to engaging Nigerian youth positively through training and restraining in entrepreneurship and skill acquisition.

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