Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Oluwatoyin Taiwo has charged Ogun indigenes home and abroad to emulate the State’s helmsman, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun indigenous mode of dressing to promote indigenous attires and develop local economy in the State.
Dr. Taiwo while giving this charge during an interview with pressmen in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, described Governor Abiodun as an epitome of culture, who always adorn himself with the Adire fabric.
The Commissioner noted that the Governor, as part of his mission to take Adire market to the next level, has made it a norm for all government functionaries and staff of his office to put on the fabric every Friday, saying efforts were in top gear to provide vocational training centers for youth to learn its manufacturing process and also enact laws that would protect and differentiate the imitated fabric from the authentic.
He added that the present administration has created an enabling environment for Private Public Partnership for investors who want to partner with the State to grow its local economy and translate it to individual prosperity.
In a related development, President of Egbe Omo Oduduwa in Austria, Mr. Oluyemi Ogundele has revealed plans of the group to foster the relationship that exists between Nigeria and Austria through Adire International Carnival 2020 in Vienna, Austria, slated for July.
Revealing this during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner in his Office, Ogundele said the maiden edition of the carnival which started in 2013, was to redeem, promote and restore the lost cultural heritage and image of Nigeria in international countries.
He stated that Austria was known for the manufacturing of lace materials and the carnival serves as an avenue to promote the country’s cultural fabric abroad, saying the importation of Adire from Abeokuta to Austria in large quantities yearly for the carnival would boost the Gross Domestic Product of Ogun State.
Dr. Taiwo in his response, commended the group for the initiative and promised government’s readiness to partner with them to revive the country’s image and preserve its cultural heritage.