*harps on sustaining cultural values as means of socio-economic growth
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has said that sustaining cultural values is a veritable means of achieving socio-economic growth towards a better society.
According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Governor stated this in an address at the Fourth Edition of Gwandum Annual Cultural Festival in Gwandum, Kaltungo Local Government Area where he was the special guest of honour.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, Governor Yahaya commended the Gwandum community for complementing government’s efforts towards harnessing cultural potentials to boost social activities and economic development.
The Governor said his administration acknowledges the role of culture as a driver of economic diversification, and social integration, assuring that government would do everything possible to ensure the sector receives the desired attention.
He explained that the administration’s policies on health care delivery, quality education, infrastructural development and the Gombe Goes Green projects anong others, are all geared towards transforming and impacting on, and tapping human, and natural resources for the overall good of the society.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Speaker of Gombe state House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Sadiq Ibrahim Kurba and his Bauchi state counterpart, Hon.Abubakar Y. Lawan commended Gwandum community for making effort to revive and sustain their cultural values.
In a message, the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Alhaji Ibrahim Alhassan Kwami applauded the community for complementing government’s efforts in resuscitating the cultural heritage.
Represented by the Director Culture, Ms Victoria Usman Mamuda, the Commissioner described staging of cultural festivals as a good development, as it showcases the culture and artefacts for people to take advantage of, for job creation and economic empowerment.
He highlighted the need for communities, to apply culture in checkmating the ugly and negative side of technology on the people, especially the youths so as to save the cultural heritage that is at verge of extinction.
In his address of welcome, the Chairman of the occasion, Engineer Abubakar Bappa, who is also the Commissioner of Works and Transport welcomed the dignitaries and enjoined them to enjoy the display of the rich culture and artefacts of Gwandum people.
The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi and the Representative of the Mai Kaltungo were among the dignitaries who added colour to the festival.
Highlights of the occasion include, display of Cultural dances and artefacts among others.