Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo, says the study of Fine Arts is self-sustainable among other benefits that can be derived from it.
Adeleye-Oladapo made this known in Abeokuta during a two-day Fine Arts competition on ‘Culture and Peaceful Coexistence’, for secondary school students across the state.
She said it was an avenue to propagate love and unity to the world through crafts.
The commissioner stated that research and statistics had shown that the study of Fine Art was no longer appealing to students, saying the government decided to organise the contest to motivate both teachers and students in the field.
She commended Fine Arts teachers for their passion for the subject and efforts in imparting it to younger generations, encouraging the students to take the subject as career worthy and capable of generating huge income for them.
Hon. Adeleye-Oladapo said the overall winner would be rewarded and represent the state at National Arts competitions, specifically the forthcoming National Festival of Arts and Culture in November 2022.
In his address, the Director of Visual Arts in the Ministry, Mr Emmanuel Ikwue, assured that the state government would ensure continuity of the competition, appreciating stakeholders in the sector for the symbiotic relationship with the ministry.
The competition has Iganmode Grammar School Ota as the overall champion, defeating Government Science and Technical College Abeokuta and Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode, to the second and third positions respectively.
Other participating schools include Salau Abiola Comprehensive High School Osiele; Lantoro High School, Oke-Lantoro, Abeokuta; Abeokuta Girls Grammar School Onikolobo; Army Day Secondary School Alamala and Anglican Grammar School Ota.