By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers ,the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Michael Oluwole Ademolaju (Adugbole III) and the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti and Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III, have hinted that traditional rulers in the state are ready to collaborate with the Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration to revitalise, restore and promote arts and culture.
The royal fathers dropped the hint in their separate remarks while receiving management of Ekiti state Council for Arts and Culture in their respective palaces .
According to the two royal fathers, Governor Fayemi’s decision to “resuscitate the sector and appoint a good hand to sail the ship of the council is a good development that is laudable “
The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe while receiving the Management of Ekiti state Council of Arts and Culture lamented the declining status of Yoruba culture and tradition, and its negative impacts on the society.
“It is worrisome that the good virtues and tradition are fast eroding with the current trend but I believe that with the step the governor has taken, there would be positive development.” he said.
The Oloye of Oye, Oba Ademolaju in his remark tasked every stakeholder to be involved in restoring the virtues of the people of the state, saying, ” our dressings, food even, the way we communicate should always reflect our good virtues in Ekiti state and i want the people at the helms of affairs should live by example.”
Oba Ademolaju promised that traditional rulers in the state will continue to support and promote any cultural event that would enhance the promotion of culture and tradition in the state.
Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassdor Wale Ojo-Lanre, who led the Council’s management team to the palaces said Ekiti state government “is planning to innuagurate a committee for Arts and Culture in every Local Government across the state.”
“Part of the mandate given to us by Dr Kayode Fayemi is to promote, restore and revitalize the arts and cultural sector in the state and I believe with the supports of our traditional rulers we will achieve and succeed in the tasks.” he said.
The Director General maintained that the essence of “promoting culture is to harness the potentials for economic benefits, job creation and enhance creativity”