By: Wisdom Acka & Favour Onakpoma
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has rewarded three winners of the “Abuja @ 47 Poetry Contest” with different prizes.
FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, who presented the prizes to the winners, said that the contest was one of the ways of engaging the youths and enhancing their creativity.
Adesola stated that the Administration would continue to explore ways of using innovation to build the Abuja dream, and ensuring that the city remained habitable and secured for all, as Nigeria’s Centre of Unity.
His words: “As a government, we recognize the importance of supporting and promoting the arts and the creative industry, in general.
“I do not need to start telling you about the importance of arts, but suffice it to say arts help us in expressing our humanity, showcasing our talents, and connecting with others in ways that enrich our lives. That is what you have achieved,” he said.
“The huge talent, which you expressed through arts has connected us all in this room for development of the nation’s capital,” the Permanent Secretary emphasized.
Earlier, Acting Director, Department of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu explained that the three winners were selected from about 30 entries received from applicants.
She further stated that the participants were required to write stories and share online videos that best represent the dream of Abuja.
Ahmadu revealed that the winners were rewarded with smart phones and laptops, among others, to enable them continue with the propagation of the ideals of the Abuja project.