CBAAC, FRSC to produce customized number plates for FESTAC’77@40 commemoration

Posted: May 26, 2017 in general

wpid-wp_20141126_034.jpgCentre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) has said it is collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to produce custom vehicle number plates for the commemoration of FESTAC’77 at 40.

Director-General of CBAAC, Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, who made this known in Lagos, explained that the commemorative number plates were aimed at relaying the memories of FESTAC’77 to young Nigerians and other blacks.

According to him, the aim was also to promote the nation’s culture and boost the economy, adding further that the number plates would be produced by the FRSC and that attendees to the FESTAC’77 at 40 celebration would fix them on their cars “to further advertise the only famous cultural event that ever happened in Africa’’.

“FESTAC’77 in Memorial’ will be inscribed on the number plate and the picture of the FESTAC mask, produced by great artist of Benin extract, will be on it,” he said.

According to Anikwe, the production of the number plates will begin in June.

He said that relevant agencies had begun consultations with the embassies and high commissions to ensure that the number plates could be used in other African countries after the celebration.

Anikwe said that the commemorative number plates could be used in Nigeria or be replaced with the existing number plates after the ceremony.

“We want to ensure that this event will henceforth be recognised and celebrated. The vehicle number plate will represent the dignity of the black man as FESTAC’77 and the mask will be inscribed on it. I have finalised plans with FRSC, which will produce it, and some tax agencies so that the production will start early June.

“I want all Nigerians to embrace this, as it will go a long way in boosting the nation’s economy and promoting our cultural heritage,” he said.

Anikwe, however, said that the cost of the number plate would be determined after production.

Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) took place in Nigeria in September 1977. It is also known as FESTAC ’77.

The ‘Rolling Out of 40 African Drums’ programme which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on March 3, this year, kicked off the FESTAC’77 at 40 commemoration, which will formally open from June to December, this year.

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