Ogotun community in the Ekiti South West Local Government Area of Ekiti State is renowned for weaving mats.
As a result of this, Ekiti State government has expressed its readiness to support local mat weavers in Ogotun and expose their products to both the local international markets for economic benefit.
This was disclosed by the Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Wale Ojo-Lanre, at a meeting with local mat manufacturers in the community.
Ojo-Lanre, who was accompanied by the Director -General, Bureau for Labour Productivity and Employment, Mr. Lanre Ogunjobi, said ‘Eni Ogotun’ is, no doubt, the best in the world and should be well promoted.
He further said that the Council for Arts and Culture will be supporting the local mat manufacturers to exhibit their crafts at local and international events as well as collaborate with local government to train more people in the art of weaving and making use of the mat to create more products.
Ogunjobi in his remark said the government will enhance their production through the provision of soft loan to assist them in their creative ability.
“Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife Erelu Bisi Fayemi are interested in creating Jobs through our local products and promotion of local potentials. Therefore, I want to assure you that ‘Ogotun Mat’ producers will also benefit from the economic and financial empowerment scheme that will boost your productivity.”
Olori Comfort Omolade Oyebade, wife of Ologotun of Ogotun, Oba Samuel Oyebade, who coordinated the event said ‘Ogotun Mat’ manufacturers are open to receive any form of support from the government to enhance their productivity and creative ability.
She said: “We have featured in both local and international exhibition before and some of our people have been awarded for their genuine creativity. We want improvement in our production and patronage and we would appreciate any form of support from the government.
Febi Oyemade, Managing Director, Estera Concepts said ‘Eni Ogotun’ can be used for the production of souvenirs, bags, table mats and coasters, mats and leather tote, bags and furniture, among others.
Ologotun of Ogotun, Oba Samuel Oyebade, commended Ekiti State government under the leadership of Dr. Kayode Fayemi for the resolve to enhance the production of ‘Eni Ogotun’ and assured them of maximum cooperation and supports.