Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong Bako has stated that the celebration of the Jos 2020 National Arts and Culture Festival (NAFEST) is a confirmation that peace has been restored in the state, as he also reaffirmed his conviction about the need to regulate the social media.
The governor spoke yesterday at the opening ceremony of NAFEST 2020 entitled “Post Covid-19 and cultural dynamism” that will take place in Jos, Plateau state.
The governor, praising the state’s abundant resources, said: “Plateau State is the home of peace and tourism. We remain a state with the best climatic conditions comparable to any in Nigeria, which explains why Plateau remains the destination of choice for many who want to share in its potentials, such as rich arable soil, impressive tourist destination, abundant solid mineral resources. . and a rich cultural diversity “.
Governor Lalong also said the Plateau is rich in sculpture, performing arts and other human and material resources.
Plateau State, he said, “is still the miniature of Nigeria as all cultures reside here and (many) regard the state as their home…. Hosting this event at Plateau is a confirmation of the restored trust that people have in our state with the restoration of peace.
“Before we took office, many were skeptical (about) coming to the state due to the ongoing crisis. However, things have changed when my administration embraced all stakeholders and initiated a collective dialogue and constructive engagement to get to the root of the problem. With the support of everyone, including the security agencies, we have succeeded in restoring substantial peace.
“My hope is that as various contingents showcase the culture and artistic gifts of their states, people will appreciate the diversity and beauty of Nigeria in a way they have never done before. In this, technology can help us enormously in documenting and storing our artistic and cultural endowments.
“However, the misuse of technology, especially social media, can make us lose our cultural and artistic value in the blink of an eye. That is why we must continue to advocate for the responsible use of social media. As I said elsewhere, no one seeks to restrict, control or muzzle social media. Rather, we must put in place a mechanism to ensure responsible use, ”said the governor.