The Director, Arts and Culture, Ondo State, Mr. Lawrence Amimi, has expressed dismay over the way media professionals under report culture, noting that other ministries get more media attention than the culture sector.

Mr. Amimi made this observation while welcoming the South-West Zonal Head of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr. Ohi Ojo, who visited the Ondo State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in a bid to foster continuity in collaboration between NICO SWZ and the ministry.

The Director promised to facilitate regular meetings between the Zonal Head, the Permanent Secretary and the Honourable Commissioner for Culture & Tourism, for better collaboration to move the State’s culture sector forward.

In his address, the Zonal Head, Mr. Ohi Ojo, thanked the Director, for the support he gave his predecessor, Mr. Louis Eriomala, adding that NICO will continue with its research programmes, just as the Orientation and Cultural Affairs Unit of the Zone will keep projecting the need to revive our dying culture.

According to him, it is the mandate of NICO to bring culture in its totality to the fore in national development so that people will not see it (culture) only as singing and dancing.

With the Director, Arts and Culture, at the visit, were Mr. Yomi Owolabi and Mr. Lanre Akaraki Deputy Directors in the ministry; while in the entourage of the Zonal Head were, Mrs. Adesuwa Eze (Chief Confidential Secretary), Mrs. Ruth Oyenekan (Head, O&CA), Mr. Sidi Galadima (Head, Admin), Mr. Sodje Chris (Head, R&D),  Mr. Stephen Ayomoba (Ag. Head, Corporate Affairs), Mr. Dickson Idonije of O&CA, and Mr. Austin Owoso (P.A. to the Zonal Head).

Stephen Ayomoba
Corporate Affairs, SWZ