Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, has described the recognition accorded Bida town in Niger State as UNESCO Creative Cities Network, a noble achievement.
Receiving the delegation of the Niger State Ministry of Tourism and Culture, in her office to present the official letter of the designation, Anyanwutaku said that the move showed the importance of the Creative industry which has the potential, human resources and materials to showcase the rich culture of the country in terms of economic diversification.
She further expressed her appreciation, stressing that the Ministry is in full support and is ready to give both professional and technical guidance to create more awareness for the State.
Chidawa explained that Bida stands to benefit financially, and will collaborate with other member cities in terms of cultural development.
She pleaded for more collaboration, networking and support from Federal Government and the Ministry in establishing all that is needed by UNESCO to create awareness for Bida City, adding that 27th June is a date stipulated every year for Craft and Folk Art in Bida City.
Speaking earlier, the Niger State Commissioner for Tourism Mrs Rifkatu Adamu Chidawa appreciated the Ministry for supporting Niger state, said Bida City was selected in the field of Craft and Folk Art, fourth on the list, first in Nigeria and Africa, adding that the recognition would bring about full integration of cultural ties, job creation and as well as distribution of goods and services.
Recall that Bida in Niger State was in January declared a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network alongside 48 other cities. It was selected in the field of Craft and Folk Art, fourth on the list, first in Nigeria and Africa.