Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has reiterated his administration’s support for the creative industry.
He also said his government is committed to creating a veritable platform for art and culture development in the country.
El-Rufai said this yesterday at the opening of the 2018 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (Kabafest) holding in Kaduna.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Mr. Barnabas Bala Bantex, said the festival would not only celebrate the arts and the literary world, but also equally change perception of the world about Northern Nigeria.
He noted that part of the efforts aimed at achieving this is the institutionalisation of Kabafest as a fixture on the cultural calendar and a fitting platform for nurturing, promoting and celebrating creative potential.
El-Rufai said necessary encouragement would help to lift reading culture, as “literature and other arts make a major contribution to helping us understand one another better, explaining to us where we are, and pointing out where we could go.”
However, at the event, renowned novelist, poet and short story writer, Prof. Zaynab Alkali, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her immense contributions to the Nigerian society through her creative works.
Alkali, in her acceptance speech, said the award told her and other writers that they were on the right part for contributing to the large society.
The novelist said: “Part of a writer’s responsibility is to enhance the nobility of the soul by encouraging moral integrity of character.”
In another development, a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday ordered the remand of Chief Executive Officer of Canbit Music, Olusegun Are, in prison for allegedly defrauding an American firm, Renovate America Incorporated.
Justice Oyindamola Ogala, who ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 21-count charge bordering on fraud, adjourned the case.
The anti-graft alleged that the defendant defrauded the company through a new type of phishing called Ijobak, which lures human resources, accounting and payroll members of staff of a company to disclose vital details of all the employees in the company.
Are pleaded not guilty to all the count charges read to him.
But the EFCC counsel, Babatunde Sonoiki, prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison pending the defendant’s discussion with the commission on likely plea-bargaining.