By LOVETH AZODO, Lagos
Director General National Council for Arts and Culture( NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has called on culture and tourism players not lose faith about the sudden uncertainty that engulfed humanity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Though the industry, is highly affected and bleeding, the NCAC boss believes the industry and practioners will survive the scrouge if the medical and hygiene culture protocol is strictly adhered to by all and sundry.
According to Runsewe “Our industry at times like this, had survived many socioeconomic and medical visitations in the past because we are very close to the people and will be the first to experience negative impact of any local or global restiviness on all fronts.”he stated
“This experience must count now. Yes, we have lost money from bookings for our various cultural tourism events, running our hotels on low occupancy and generally witnessed a lockdown never seen before but i’m confident, once it is over, our industry will respond positively beyond expectation. So I urge all of us to be careful and prayerful,” he added.
The DG who just came back last week from Jos, plateau state capital in a visit to the government and people of the state in preparation and activation of various activities towards hosting Nigeria’s biggest cultural festival, the national festival of art and culture ( Nafest) later in the year, commended the leadership of all private sector players in culture and tourism for the proactive actions taken to educate customers and owners of leisure businesses on covid 19 protocols.
He said “Apart from medical professionals, our industry practitioners are also in the Frontline of falling victims to this homongous pestilence, hence the commendation of all levels of leadership in the sector for keeping all concerned well informed about the impact of the disease.” Runsewe further explained.
He noted that the closure of our land borders and restrictions of air travel will mitigate the spread the dreaded infirmity, praising federal and states governments response to curb the spread of covid 19 in Nigeria.
” This is not a period to fear and panic but to watch, pray and follow all sanctioned protocols. It shall be with us and very soon if we take to regulations, our culture tourism engagements Will bounce back, better and bigger,” he said.