Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Segun Runsewe, has stated that traditional rulers as custodians of Nigeria tradition, history and culture, will play prominent role in the strategic revival of Nigerian culture under his watch.
Runsewe stated that NCAC believes in the enduring capacity of Nigerian traditional rulers to help change the present downturn and nose diving of Nigerian cultural and moral values particularly among the youths, regarded as leaders of tomorrow.
Addressing a crowd at the closing ceremony of the Nzem Berom festival at Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos, over the weekend, Runsewe noted that there is no denying the impact of effectual capacity of the traditional rulers to help arrest the growing incidence of crime and other communal dislocations, hence NCACâ€™s determined efforts to make the royal fathers as central figures to revive the love of Nigeriaâ€™s culture and arts.
In a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday, Runsewe said: â€œIt is my candid opinion that our royal fathers are key to any government effort to relaunch our culture and traditional value system to the front burner of national economic and political development, particularly at this time when the government is determined make our way of life as key economic issue.â€
The NCAC DG who was decorated by the Gbong Gwon Jos and Chairman of Jos Joint Council of Traditional Rulers, Da Jacob Buba, as lover of Nzem Berom culture and a chief-in-waiting, told the festival crowd which includes the state Governor, Hon. Simon Lalong; Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; Senator representing Jos North, former Governor Jonah Jang and members of federal, state Houses of Assembly and traditional rulers across the country, that change in Nigeria cultural narratives must begin with the custodians of the tradition and culture whose grass-root cultural outreach cannot be over emphasised.
He commended Lalong, Gbong Gwon Jos, Da Jacob Buba and all the traditional rulers and people of Plateau state for restoring peace to the state without which there would not be any meaningful socio-economic and political development in the land noted for its temperate weather and beautiful landscapes.
To confirm the readiness of NCAC to champion cultural revival, Runsewe disclosed that the agency would from next year play very visible role in the marketing and promotion of Nzem Berom festival and further assured them that festivals associated with other traditional rulers across Nigeria will henceforth enjoy NCAC input and support.