Ekiti State Governor, Gov. Kayode Fayemi has disallowed the use of the English language as a means of communicating during any traditional event in Ekiti state.
Eye9ja understands that this injunction was made by Gov. Fayemi on Monday during the first Ekiti state arts and culture stakeholders forum in Ado-Ekiti.
According to him, it has become an offence for anyone to communicate in English during any traditional event.
He claims his administration is keen on promoting arts and culture in the state through Ekiti and Yoruba dialect, saying this will build the step imperative at this point in time.
The governor who was represented at the event by Mr, Deji Ajayi, the Head of Service, disclosed that the state would hold its festival of arts and culture as part of the ways to uplift its economy.
He also said that there were observational statistics and evidence to prove that there was a need for the state to enhance the capacities and skills of the youths since the government alone cannot stop the regional unemployment.
In his words were, “From today, henceforth, the government has banned the speaking of English in any cultural programme. Whoever that will participate in any traditional programme must speak Yoruba or our dialect”.
“In the primary school teachers’ recruitment exercise we advertised recently, we wanted to employ 1,100 teachers and over 19,000 had applied on our website. This shows that the government must develop the skills and capacities of our youths to be able to be on their own”.
“We are going to organise Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture in December this year to enhance our capacities in crafts, dancing, weaving and other vocational areas of arts”.
“We should not forget to teach our children those values that will make Ekiti to remember their heritage and sustain our culture as people”.
Gov. Fayemi Promised that Government will build a new traditional rulers’ Secretariat for monarchs in the state to make them more active and functional.
Mrs Bisi Fayemi, the wife of the governor, advised scholars in the field of history and theatre arts, who are natives of the state to document Ekiti heritage and preserve it for future references.
Mr Wale Ojo- Lanre, The Director-General of the Ekiti State Arts and Culture, assured the people that government was devoted to promoting all cultural festivals in the state to strengthen productivity and for economic gains.
Mr wale also called for support for the infirm Ekiti born theatre artist, Chief Ojo Arowosafe, popularly known as Fadeyi Oloro.
he said, “The governor has directed us to relocate Chief Arowosafe to Ekiti for him to get better medical treatment and for a reunion with his family”.
“We are also going to partner Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) And National Council for Arts and Culture and other national and international bodies to promote our arts and culture in Ekiti”.
“Some of them will be enlisted as national festivals, while we are also going to talk to some creative arts entrepreneurs like Chief Ade Ajayi, owner of Little by Little Photos and other well-established artistes of Ekiti origin to mentor our upcoming stars.
“All these Gov. Kayode Fayemi is ready to do to promote our arts and culture industry and make it a force that can generate revenues for individuals and the state,” he said.