The new Director-General of the Ekiti State Council of Arts and Tourism, Wale Ojo-Lanre, has charged the staff of the council to be more efficient and proactive in their resolve to promote the state’s arts and culture.
Ojo-Lanre also urged them to create a positive attitude towards achieving the vision of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration to reposition and revitalise the Culture and Arts sector in the state.
He said these while addressing some members of staff who came to welcome him in his office on Wednesday at the Secretariat in Ado Ekiti.
He said: “The vision of Governor Kayode Fayemi on this agency must be accomplished.
“And we as the drivers of the vision must be proactive in our activities, acts, deeds and at discharging our duties promptly and efficiently.”
Ojo-Lanre, who was impressed by the professionally electrifying performance of the state cultural troupe at the cultural centre, described the troupe as one of the best in Nigeria.
He said: “The past has gone.
“We shall collectively explore the opportunities and turn the challenges facing the troupe to practically promote the state and put her on the world cultural map.”
It is on record that the state’s cultural troupe came first in the 2017 edition of African Drums Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Ojo-Lanre urged the troupe members to work hard and maintain the first position in the forthcoming competitions.
Earlier, the Director, Administration and Supply of the council, Rotimi Ijasan, lauded Governor Fayemi for the choice of Ojo-Lanre as the Director-General of the Council.
Ijasan said: “The appointment of Wale Ojo-Lanre, tourism, arts and culture aficionado, as the Ekiti State Council of Arts and Culture boss is an answer to our prayers to make Ekiti State a tourism-model in Nigeria.
“No doubt, the doggedness and creative ingenuity of the Ojo-Lanre will propel in showcasing of Ekiti State to the world as a paragon of enviable arts and culture, with the state and her people benefitting immensely from the goodies of the money-spinning sectors.”