The Deputy Governor of Lagos state Mr Femi Hamzat has officially unveiled the thirty seven wonders of Nigeria as the seven day National Festival of Arts and Culture ended in Lagos.
The Thirty seven wonders of Nigeria comprises tourism destinations in each state of Nigeria including the federal capital territory.
In a closing remark, Mr Hamzat said that one of the lessons from this year’s NAFEST is to pay cursory attention to harnessing the differences in people’s culture as this could assist in building consensus and bond of friendship towards genuine reconciliation that will promote the much needed unity, reduce tension and tribal conflicts in the country.
He pointed out that it was almost impossible not to have differences, considering the multiplicity of Nigeria ‘s culture and languages hence the need to always follow the path of dialogue and other non-violent approach in resolving potential issues capable of igniting violence.
The Lagos state Deputy Governor pleaded with all participants at the event to continue to imbibe the good virtues learnt through the platform of this year’s NAFEST and also share these good lessons with their kinsmen their your respective States.
Earlier in a closing remark, the Director General of the National Council For Arts and Culture Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who commended Lagos state for playing a good host said Lagos remains a special state given the number of contingents that came me from different states particularly Rivers state that came with one thousand contingents.
Otunba Runsewe said NAFEST remains a platform for bringing Nigerians together to explore their , exchange and appreciate their culture.
The festival was rounded up with a very colourful cultural parade.
Lagos state emerged first overall winner while Rivers and Bayelsa states (joint) and Ekiti state.took second and third position respectively.