The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has honoured Katsina, Kano and Nasarawa states amongst the states for the best product designs in the category of leatherworks at the just concluded 12th edition of the International Arts and Crafts Expo organized by the Council in Abuja.
Ogun, Lagos states and also India won best states and country in the category of best textiles designs while Kaduna and Adamawa states won best in the categories calabash decoration.
The countries with the most innovative product packaging include Kuwait, Libya and Sudan while countries with the best E-marketing include Cuba, Malaysia and Ethiopia.
Other categories of awards were presented to countries with new invention (from waste to wealth) including Hungary and Cameroon and countries with the best networking strategy that were given awards include Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobego and Gambia.
During his welcome speech, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Segun Runsewe said the level of participation of this year’s Expo especially by foreign partners was encouraging stating that 30 countries participated.
“This shows the level of understanding between us and our foreign partners and the high premium the international community places on INAC” he said
Runsewe also said the council will not only internalize the expo stressing that the aim is to make the expo the biggest in the continent.
Also speaking, the Chairman Senate Committee on culture and tourism, Rochas Okorocha said the expo has presented Nigeria an opportunity to showcase its rich cultures and traditions to the world.
He said since Nigeria is moving away from over dependence on oil, the country has started promoting its music and culture to the world and has been receiving recognitions.
He pledged support for the council adding that the gathering will help in promoting unity and peace amongst Nigerians.