person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder May 2, 2018 16:00:17

By Ogechukwu Okoli

Nibo (Awka South), May 2, 2018 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Indigenous Artworks, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Sally Mbanefo says plans are underway to reposition the arts sector.

``This is aimed at making the state a reference point in art works,’’ she said this during inauguration of the ongoing 4-day Arts Exhibition organised by the Society of Nigeria Artists (SNA), Anambra State chapter.

The event is holding at Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area (LGA).

The commissioner, who described her appointment in the ministry as `a dream come true’, assured the artists of more favourable atmosphere to operate.

She called on parents and guardians to encourage their children and wards that were artistically talented to take to the vocation.

``Arts make persons with the gift to be self-reliant and can serve as remedy over the prevailing unemployment among youths across the country,” she added.

Earlier the state Chairman SNA, Mr Tony Otikpa commended the commissioner over her visit and lofty vision for the sector.

He assured her of smooth partnership with the ministry.

Mr Otikpa listed some major challenges in Arts sector to include a lack of Arts Village and low patronage.

Among the exhibitors are the Managing Director, National Light Newspapers, Mr Chuka Nnabuife and a senior lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. Clifford Nwanna.

While describing arts as the totality of what man could create and an expression of life, these exhibitors called for people's attitudinal change toward arts as man could not do without them. (MOI)