Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, said his organisation has been able to recovered about five hecters of land meant for Art and Crafts village which were illegally acquired by some Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja.
Otunba Runsewe lamented that the country has left behind the biggest secret , which is the development of culture and tourism, adding that about 17 countries in Africa rely only on that to develop their economy.
Speaking as the chairman of occasion at the grand launch of the Masterminds Catering & Culinary Institute (MCCI) Tuesday in Abuja, the Art and Crafts boss said Art and tourism is the only sector that nobody is a failure, adding that even with F9 one can can be useful.
“The biggest secret this country is leaving behind is the development of culture and tourism. Over 17 countries in Africa today rely on this product. MCCI has done something that reawakening us to the reality of life. The sector is the only sector that nobody is a failure, even if you make F9 you are useful, you don’t need PhD to make Amala.
“So many graduates are at home doing nothing because we need people that have practical knowledge of what they are saying. That is why I am personally supporting MCCI for all of us to cash into it. It is a capacity building approach which we all need.”
Revealing how he recovered about five heaters taken away from Art and Crafts village, Runsewe asked: “How many of you know Yar’Adua Centre, Silverbird, all these places in Abuja, including the back were meant for the Nigerian Culture to promote Arts? But they cut it from 23 hectares to 3 hectares and sold the rest off.
“When I became Director General, they approached me that Otumba, don’t let your own be different, that is how we do and I said no, posterity will judge us. Do you know that some of you read it that Otumba was arrested. Nobody arrested me. They planned for me to intimidate me to withdraw my statement and a Judge pronounced me wanted to go Prison. I called a press conference and I told the whole world in that land we met 26 stolen cars, four armed robbers living there, some AK47 guns, cocaine. That land I have recovered it back for the government.
“The whole land in that area is owned by Arts and Crafts village but it has been taken over and sold.
When asked about the faith of Silverbird Galleria and Ya’Adua centre, Runsewe said: “Those ones are already built there’s nothing we can do about that, but the remaining ones, we have enough space to do what we can do.