GOVERNOR of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has expressed appreciation to National Gallery of Art (NGA) for relocating its South East Zonal Office to Enugu.
Governor Ugwuanyi promised to provide enabling environment for National Gallery of Art, stressing the importance of visual art in the enhancement of tourism in the state.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the management of National Gallery of Art, the governor, who was represented by the deputy governor, Cecilia Ezeilo, appealed to federal government to fund the agency adequately to ensure that its enviable programmes and projects were achieved.
He stated that the state government has adorned art works, particularly sculptures in several strategic areas of the state capital, stressing that it has added value to the tourism sector of the state.
In his speech, the Director General of National Gallery of Art, Mr. Ebeten William Ivara appealed to the state government to provide temporary accommodation to the agency for its zonal office, noting that the agency was determined to have its own office in the state.
The DG also expressed gratitude to the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for graciously granting the agency land in the state, noting that fencing work will commence immediately on the land.
He pointed out that the area where land was allocated was in remote area and pleaded that a new one be granted to the organisation where people will access it.
Those that accompanied the DG to the visit are members of Board, NGA, Mrs. Chinenye Okegbe, Director Finance and Accountant, Dr. Henry Achugbu, Head of Procurement, Mr. Olakitan Uzoma Onamusi Mr. Afam Edozie, Zonal Coordinator and Mrs. Pat Nkwocha, Curator, Enugu.
Meanwhile, Mr. Edozie was recently appointed the Zonal Coordinator of the South East Zonal Office. He is a senior journalist and former Head of Research, NGA.