KWSG Vows Commitments to Culture and Tourism

Kwara state Government has again vowed its commitment to Gaani Festival which is described as another way of showcasing the government's steadfast dedication to foster culture and tourism in the State.

The State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju, said this over the weekend, during year 2023 Gaani Festival, held at Okuta community, in Baruten Local Government Area of the state.

Olukoju stressed further that, Gaani Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza that brings together the Bartonum people from the old Borgu empire, spanning Kwara (Baruten and Kaiama), Niger State, and even Republic of Benin.

According to her, "A blend of festivities, showcasing traditional horse riding and mesmerizing cultural displays is the heart of the Gaani Festival"

Olukoju who was elated to have participated at the festival, emphasized government's commitment to safeguard and promote the state's rich cultural heritage, adding values to the cultural heritage of the people.

"We are a people of deep-rooted culture and heritage. It's our responsibility to protect and preserve our cultural identity and make it a magnet for tourism enthusiasts.

 " The current administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq recognizes this and his unwavering support for cultural events like Gaani underscores our dedication," she added.

Highlight of the occasion was the turbaning of Alhaji Lukman Mustapha as the Baraden Okuta Emirate, who, in turn, pledged his unwavering supports to the community at all times.

The Commissioner's team also paid a visit to Nootia 90.7 FM Station in Okuta, Baruten Local Government, where she charged all staff to remain proactive and dedicated to duties, pledging government's continued support to the station.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, charged the staff to ensure unwavering commitments to their duties, reiterating government's resolute commitment to cultural preservation and tourism promotion of Kwara State at large.

Those in the Commissioner's team were Permanent Secretary Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, Director of Culture and Tourism Hajia Aishat Iyabo Buhari, General Manager, Kwara State Hospitality and Tourism Development Board, Mrs Bolaji Onietan and Chief Administrative Officer Mr. Aliu Jamiu.

Onipede Kehinde,
Reporting Officer,
MoC

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