Ministry to partner British Council, Elumelu Foundation on capacity building for culture, tourism managers

By Moses Ebosele – 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed  has reiterated resolve to partner the  British Council and Tony Elumelu Foundation  as part of measures to enhance capacity building initiative of culture and tourism managers.

According to the Minister, the resolve is a deliberate effort to boost the nation’s creative arts, lift tourism and create employment for Nigerians, particularly the rural dwellers.
Speaking in London after watching the London Edition of musical extravaganza, ‘WakaaThe Musical,’ Mohammed said: “this production can be ranked high anywhere in the world. There is no dull moment in the entire package”
  A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, quoted the Minister as saying, “’I am proud of the producer. I am proud of the entire cast.”
Besides, he urged investors to support the Nigerian Creative Industry in order to boost the sector
According to him, ”We must find a way to promote the sector and I am using this
opportunity to appeal to the private sector to invest heavily to give the sector the desired muscle, as this drama has brought to the fore the quantum of potentials that can be tapped.”
Earlier, at a panel discussion that preceded the show, the Minister explained that the Federal Government is working hard to turn the creative industry into a creative economy.
He said: “This administration is diversifying the economy away from oil which, for many years, has been the mainstay of ou reconomy.
“Among the sectors that have been identified as veritable sources of revenue for the nation are the arts,
culture and tourism sectors. This is why we in the Ministry of Information and Culture are working hard  to move these sectors from the margins to the mainstream, and ensure that the rural
poor, in particular, are factored into the sector’s architecture.”

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