The Anambra Government says it will establish an Arts and Craft Village in a bid to improve the tourism sector of the state.
Sally Mbanefo, the Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, who disclosed this in Awka on Thursday said plans were at an advanced stage.
Mbanefo said: “We desire the village now more than ever before, because of our quest to take tourism to the next level.”
Mbanefo said the planned village would aid the state to add indigenous art works to the ministry’s portfolio and empower artists.
She said: “Governor Willie Obiano is a lover of arts and culture and he’s working toward improving the art sector of the state, which will help the preservation and growth of our culture.
“Anambra has many tourist sites at different locations in the state. Government is seriously developing and upgrading the various sites.
“The present administration has approved and built infrastructure around the Ogbaukwu Cave at Owerre Ezukala which now attracts more tourists.
“The state has also approved the construction of steps, railings and relaxation spots at the Ogbunike Cave.”
Mbanefo added that Agulu Lake had been given a face-lift by the sighting of Golden Tulip Hotel with a 4-Hole Golf Course.
She said the state could currently compete with its counterparts all over the world in the tourism industry.
Mbanefo also revealed that cultural carnival would become an annual event to be bank rolled by the ministry.