The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been awarded a Distinguished Leadership Award, for his commitment, dedication and unwavering support to Arts in the State.
Receiving the award at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, during the 2021 World Dance Day Celebration, Governor Abiodun, appreciated members of the Guild of Nigerian Dance Practitioners (GONDP), Ogun State Chapter, for the recognition, and support to the State Government on the celebration.
Represented by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the Governor said the theme for the year celebration, “Dance as Healing Remedy” is apt, saying the occasion would promote cultural heritage, exhibit the rich culture in dance.
The Governor stated that dancing is a remedy for any challenge to the body, soul and spirit, describing it as a way of relaxation, pleasure, relieving stress, mastering skills and responding to social pressure.
“It is therefore important for me to give a wake-up call to Dance practitioners across the State to come up with ideas and initiatives that will promote your profession to the world. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is ready for collaborations on ideas, drives and initiatives that will add value to the Dance profession, which invariably permeates down for the collective good of the people of Ogun State”, Abiodun urged.
In his submission, the Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, Hon. Yussuf Adejojo pointed out that dance, apart from being a means of entertainment, could foster unity among the youths, make them more productive and showcase their talents to the world, saying any government that want to boost its economy must invest in its local content.
Earlier speaking, the National Secretary, GONDP, Hon. Taiwo Ajibode, in his address said the celebration would foster unity among the practitioners and keep the profession alive, as well as attracts more investors and tourists to the State.
The event also featured performances from different dance groups from the State, with a command performance from GONDP, and was attended by dignitaries from the State Executives, Permanent Secretaries, stakeholders in Culture and Tourism and the general public.