It was a spectacular outing for the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) at the 2018 AKWAABA Travel Market which opened in Lagos on Sunday, September 9, as hundreds of Nigerians trooped to the Council’s Skill Acquisition Centre for training.
Some of the Skills imparted to trainees at the expo which was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites from September 9 – 12, included soap making, bead making, pomade making, painting, Antiseptic and AOG Design.
Explaining the objective of the programme to the dignitaries that visited the centre, Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, said that it was aimed at equipping unemployed Nigerians, especially Youths and women, with the required skills `to be self employed and to be employers of labour.
He noted that there was high rate of crime and criminality in Nigeria as a result of unemployment, leading to mass poverty.
He said that the skills which could be acquired within 48 hours could take away the youths from the streets and put food on their tables.
Runsewe who also used the opportunity to unveil some packaged food products of NCAC like yam , cassava and beans flour as well as Ijebu garri said that the products were being promoted in line with the Food Culture Program of the Council.
Runsewe lamented that in many homes, eateries, airlines and hotels foreign cuisines were being served in preference to local ones.
He pointed out that Nigeria food products, with all the freshness and naturalness, were richer, healthier and much more medicinal than foreign foods that often come with preservatives that are hazardous to human health.
The high point of the Council’s outing was the hosting of all participants to A Nigerian Day on Sunday September 9, were different types of Nigerian foods and drinks were served.
The National Council for Arts and Culture mounted one of the most impressive exhibition stands at the 2018 AKWAABA Travel Market.
A rich variety of Artistic materials were on display at the stand which attracted the influx of both domestic and international visitors.