BY Aida Asama
Barely two weeks of assumption in office, Dr John Ngamsa embarked on a tour to the parastatals of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Conducting him round the State Art Council at Ribadu Square were heads of Department, Permanent Secretary and deputy Permanent Secretary. He was briefed on the stages of renovation of Offices, Open Air Theatre and the Auditorium. The Art Council’s renovation which is almost at the tail end of completion will generate revenue when completed.
Dr John Ngamsa, also met with the newly recruited talented youths for the cultural trope, where they put a brief performance in his honour. He told them he was impressed by their show of talent, but he encouraged them to put in more effort, to be creative and dynamic. To always improve on the quality of their dance, drama and presentation, to get new ideas. So that stage performance at the open air theatre will be done and revenue be generated for the State.
Earlier, a Non Governmental Organisation, Balanla with its theme “ Charity and Community Development” led by its President, Mr. Maluba said, they were in the Ministry to felicitate with the Commissioner over his appointment as he is like a father and a mentor to them. He is someone whom they always seek advice from and he supports them whenever they are in need.
The Organisation has so far been to the Southern zone of the State where they held an essay competition among two different categories of students ( College and Tertiary) where cash was awarded to the winners of the easy competition. However, among other things, the organisation seeks to protect lives and produce Newsletter. They urged the Hon. Commissioner to reform and upgrade the Ministry.
In his response, Dr Ngamsa said he is happy with the example they have set and is aware of the work they did in the Southern zone which is imbedded in cultural values. He hopes that they will partner with the Ministry so as to showcase the rich cultural heritage Adamawa state has, and they will work together for the upcoming Abuja carnival.