Ogun, known as the ‘gateway state’ has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just-concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC).
This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday, with the theme “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years, in 2021 and now 2022.
The state was also rated the best in pavilion design, products design in textiles and fashion; metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor.
Lagos state got the second position while Katsina, Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position.
Mr Olusegun Olaotan, Permanent Secretary, Ogun Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory.
Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years.
” Today is the happiest day of my life, it is something that we dreamt of, our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year.
“We worked for it, we were expecting it and it has come, we are very happy as a people, government and citizens of Nigeria.
” This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development, not only locally, but internationally,” he said.