Participants of the 5th Quarterly National Workshop on “Repositioning Cultural Workers for Improved Productivity,” have recommended the programme for all cultural workers, as it will help broaden perceptions about the culture sector and also empower cultural workers at the Federal, State and Local Government level, to use culture to boldly make valuable contributions to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
According to Friday Anaziah, a participants from Delta State Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Asaba, the quality of lectures delivered, the discussions and syndicate sessions, as well as the total packaging of the workshop had instilled confidence in him and fellow participants.
“Cultural officers must be well informed and repositioned, to make them more assertive in advocating for positive change in society through culture. I am convinced that cultural knowledge derived from trainings, such as this one, will bring the desired recognition to the culture sector,” he said.
Other participants, who lent credence to this position, Mrs. Stella Utebor and Gloria Deborah, both from Delta State Directorate of Culture and Tourism and Mr. Adegbunrin Olu from Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, Ikeja, argued that cultural affairs should be managed by professionals in Culture Agencies, and that Cultural Officers should be assigned to Boards and Management of Culture Agencies and not consigned, as it is the case most times, to singing, performing and dancing during cultural events.
Another participant, Mrs. Roseline Mere, the Acting Head of Performing Arts Department of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, Owerri, Imo State, also captured the mood of most participants, when she described the workshop as expository, educative, and entertaining, saying that the relevance of the workshop to cultural workers has made her to resolve to always attend.