The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Culture has reiterated its readiness to continue to support and enhance the tourism values of indigenous festivals and celebrations of the people of the State.
The Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Mr Folarin Coker made the submission at this year’s Kayo-Kayo festival in Epe.
Mr Coker said the ministry has always identified with the annual festival and will continue to support it especially in view of the present administration’s policy on tourism promotion as an investment window to spur employment and increase the State’s economy.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Head of Tourism Promotion Department, Mrs Adama Oni said the Ministry will continue to explore all avenues for the promotion and provision of enabling environment for the private sector to expand the business opportunities in the promotion of festivals, celebrations and culture of the people of the State.
He commiserated with the Olu of Epe, His Royal Majesty, Oba Shefiu Olatunji Adewale and the entire people of the town on the sad incident which according to the Oba, prevented the indigenes from celebrating the festival in the usual grand style while the community dedicated this year’s episode to mourn the unfortunate demise of the six illustrious sons of the community.
He promised that the festival will be celebrated glamorously next year.
The Secretary-General of the planning committee, Abiola Anifowose, noted that the people of Epe community chose to observe the festival in a pensive mood with a special prayer and lecture on the significance of Hijra celebration and its link to the annual kayo-kayo festival observe in the community.
He said the Kayo-Kayo is an annual religious and cultural festiva observed by the descendants of Oba Kosoko, who inhabited areas notably referred to as Eko-Epe in Epe Local Government of Lagos.
He added that the festival is celebrated during the first month of the Islamic calendar in commemoration of ‘Yaom-al Ashura’ the tenth day of Muhharram in the Islamic calendar. “This is about a month after the muslim festival of Eid-El-Kabir,” he said.
Source: The Nation Nigeria