Nigerian govt recovers 5 hectares of land in Abuja for arts and crafts village, unveils MCCI

Nigerian govt recovers 5 hectares of land in Abuja for arts and crafts village, unveils MCCI

- The Nigerian government has recovered 5 hectares of land in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

- The land is expected to be used for the arts and crafts village in the Nigerian capital

- This was disclosed by the director-general of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe

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The director-general of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, on Tuesday, September 15 revealed that the NCAC has been able to recover about five hectares of land meant for Art and Crafts village which were illegally acquired by some Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Otunba Runsewe disclosed this while speaking at the grand launch of the Masterminds Catering & Culinary Institute (MCCI) in the Nigerian capital.

His words: “How many of you know Yar'Adua Centre, Silverbird, all these places in Abuja, including the back were meant for the Nigerian culture to promote arts? But they cut it from 23 hectares to 3 hectares and sold the rest off.

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“The whole land in that area is owned by Arts and Crafts village but it has been taken over and sold.

“I know some of them have been built but the ones that have not been built we must take it back and give it to Nigerians.”

He, however, lamented that the country has left behind the biggest secret of economic empowerment, which he said is the development of culture and tourism, adding that about 17 countries in Africa rely only on the industry to develop their economy.

According to him, art and tourism is the only sector that nobody is a failure, adding that “even with F9 one can be useful.”

Nigerian govt recovers 5 hectares of land in Abuja for arts and crafts village, unveils MCCI

Otunba Runsewe speaking at the launch of NCCI in Abuja. Photo credit: @NCAC
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Also speaking, the MCCI Rector, Mrs Khadijat Fashina, revealed that the institute will empower about 500 individuals in the next two years.

“It is our target that in the next two years, mastermind catering institute would have trained over 500 enthusiastic individuals in the hospitality in various sectors of the industry,” she said.

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Legit.ng had earlier published a report on a young Nigerian man, Alex Peter Idoko, who recently amazed social media users with his artworks using a razor blade and sandpaper on burnt wood.

Some of the pieces of the 28-year old Nigerian born in Lagos shared online showcase people with varying emotions and it caught the attention of many Nigerians.

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