Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, is set to host the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), an event that comes with pomp.
The 2018 edition of NAFEST would hold from Oct. 20 to Oct. 27 to showcase the cultural heritage Nigeria.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Mr Emmah Okah, said on Saturday that participants have started arriving in Port Harcourt to register for the festival.
He said that the first few days of the festival would witness arrival and registration of participating groups from different states.
The commissioner said the festival was not only for Rivers cultural groups but for all cultural groups in Nigeria.
Also the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs Tonye Oniyide, noted that Rivers’ culture would be exposed and showcased to the entire world through the NAFEST programme.
She stressed that the programme would also show that there was adequate security in Rivers.
Meanwhile, participating groups from the various states are converging on Port Harcourt and as well registering for the festival.
The festival is expected to boost the economy of Rivers within the period as business operators are full of praises for the government for organizing the programme.