The present administration has played a major role in unifying the people by sponsoring various cultural festivals annually across the State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Alhaja Salimot Otun, stated this at the Ministry’s 2019 budget appraisal before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, led by Hon. Victor Fasanya, at the State House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Otun said Lisabi Festival, which was celebrated recently, brought people from different communities, ethnic settlements, as well as in Diaspora, saying, it gave room for interaction and cross fertilisation of values.
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She pointed out that festivals such as; Oronna, Ojude Oba and the African Drum Festival, which initially began as a State festival has now assumed international dimension.
In his remarks, Hon. Fasanya commended the Ministry for its efforts at uniting the people of the State, charging it to utilize the various intercultural activities to increase its revenue.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Local Government Pensions, Mrs. Irene Afolashade Kokumo, said Ogun State Government has paid over N2bn to 11,453 Local Government Pensioners in the first quarter of 2019. Kokumo who disclosed this at the on-going budget performance appraisal at the House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said despite paucity of funds, the State government was doing its best to ensure that pensioners were paid promptly.
In his remark, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Victor Fasanya, commended the State government and charged the Bureau to ensure that all hands were on deck to achieve more success in the coming months.