Enugu State has been chosen by the World Music and Dance Creation Organization (WOMADCO) to host its festival holding in October this year.
Organizers of the coming festival said in Enugu that the Coal City has been chosen for the event in view of her status as one of the safest states in the country just as it also offers conducive environment for residents and visitors alike.
While commending Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for creating a conducive environment for creative ventures and other economic development activities to thrive in the state, the president of the organization, Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, said Enugu was chosen among the 36 states after painstaking consideration of basic factors that would guarantee successful hosting of the event.
Dr. Anikwe made this commendation at the Government House, Enugu when he led some members of the team on a courtesy call on the governor.
He said, “Your Excellency, having picked Nigeria as the seat of the project, certain conditions were looked into like security and friendly environment in the state for foreign investors and visitors during the hosting of the world event. Enugu State out the 36 states considered scored high above other states, hence its choice by the head office in Africa and the privilege to host the first ever World Music and Dance event which in each year attracts more than ten thousand visitors,” he stated.
Dr. Anikwe stated that Governor Ugwuanyi since assuming office, has positively turned around the fortunes of the state which according to him necessitated the members of WOMADCO to schedule Enugu as the venue for their annual event coming up on October 24, 2017.
He maintained that the event will boost the tourism potentials of the state, create jobs and attract foreign investors that will harness the state’s fortunes for the benefit of the people.
Adding voice to the president’s statements, the representative of the Enugu State Governor in the organization and the Managing Director of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, Mr. Chukwuma Ogbonna, stated that the choice of Enugu as the permanent host was a well articulated innovation bearing in mind the laudable efforts of the governor towards giving the state a new lease of life.
He named the areas where the governor has surpassed his contemporaries as in the areas of infrastructural development, security and general conducive environment and thanked the governor for his humane disposition towards the people.
Also speaking, another member of the team, Barr. Agu Gab Agu expressed happiness that the organization decided to come on stream under the present administration in the state.
“I am very elated to be a member of this team which has come to boost the state’s economy and attract the world when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is piloting the affairs of the state, and I am quite optimistic that many good things will follow the festival,” he noted.
In his own response, Governor Ugwuanyi said that his administration is ready to welcome the people who have the interest of the state at heart.
“This administration since inception has been striving to showcase the state in every way possible, urging the people to invest and assist the state in harnessing the huge potentials of the state,” the governor said.
Represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the Governor thanked the WOMADCO for choosing Enugu as their permanent base and assured them of his administration’s support in all ramifications.
The event featured the handover of the organization’s detailed documents to the governor by the president of the organization, Dr. Anikwe.