Abuja – President of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, said on Thursday that it would ensure that Nigeria’s cultural heritage was promoted at the 2016 Olympics scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gumel, who said this in Abuja, noted that “Nigeria House Project for RIO 2016committee’’, had been commissioned for the task.
He said the committee, inaugurated by Alhassan Yakmut, Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), would manage the events and the Nigeria Hospitality House during the Olympic.
“The responsibility to achieve the objective is vested in the committee members that have just been inaugurated.
“As we progress, we must recall that at the 2012 Olympics in London, the Nigeria hospitality house was a big success.
“Visitors almost hit the one million mark at the end of the games.
“We hope that the hospitality house in Brazil in 2016 will surpass that of 2012 given the advantages of the cultural similarities and social affinity between both countries’’, he said.
Gumel listed some of the events to feature at the hospitality house to includ exhibitions, films, drama, Nigeria cuisines and live music stage by Nigerian top artistes.
He said the Nigeria house would ensure that Nigeria became the centre of attraction for visitors in Brazil.
The NOC president solicited the collaboration of corporate organisations and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity to network and showcase their products in Brazil.
Gumel said events would be showcased on daily basis throughout the Olympics, adding that branding and advertising opportunities would be allowed within the house.
He urged members of the committee to live up to expectations and make the Nigeria House project a success.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is scheduled to hold between Aug. 5 and Aug. 21.