Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Leverage culture, tourism for economic growth, Minister charges states, LGs

By News Express on 25/11/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 903


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has charged states and local governments to leverage their unique culture and tourism products to generate income and create jobs.

In his keynote address at the opening of the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Friday, the Minister said the charge stems from the fact that the Federal Government has recognised the Creative Industry, of which culture and tourism are integral parts, as a key sector to create jobs and wealth and to earn foreign exchange, as reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 to 2020.

“'It is common knowledge that all the states and local governments have unique products, festivals and outstanding tourism sites. I, therefore, wish to also encourage all the Managers of Culture and Tourism at the State and Local Government levels to make the necessary efforts to develop these products and tourism sites in partnership with the private sector, in order to attract both domestic and international investors and tourists,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said countries like China, Brazil, India, United Kingdom, United States of America, France and Egypt, to mention a few, have mainstreamed culture and tourism as vital parts of their economic agenda to generate income and sustainable employment for their citizens, and redirect the energies of their youths for productive ventures.

He said against the backdrop of the fall in oil prices, the Federal Government was clear – right from the onset – in its determination to enhance the economic fortunes of Nigeria through the diversification of the country’s economy, with a view to reducing poverty, creating jobs, stimulating revenue generation, ensuring effective utilisation of local resources and providing sustainable peace and security.

“This is why we have consistently been evolving policies and programmes to explore the tourism and culture sector, in collaboration with our partners and stakeholders, to reposition Nigeria’s economy. Against this backdrop, the theme of this year’s meeting is apt and in tandem with our Administration’s avowed commitment to boosting the economy through the non-oil sector,” the Minister said.

He disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, in its bid to reposition the sector, has established 14 Cultural Industry Centres with necessary facilities across the six geo-political zones of the federation to serve as skills acquisition and capacity building centres for the country's teeming youth and women, with the aim of creating wealth, generating jobs and boosting national GDP.

Alhaji Mohammed listed some of the major challenges facing the culture and tourism sector as the need to package the festivals and other tourist attractions into products that can be marketed and sold, as well as evolving a strategy to increase domestic and international tourism.

“Concerning international tourism, we have realised that our clear competitive advantage is our Film and Music industries. Whether it is Nollywood, Kannywood, or Afrobeat. Consequently, we will be harnessing them to promote our country as a tourism destination.

'”Seeing our sites, people, culture and cities through films and music video should spur many to want to explore the country. That’s why we have reached an agreement with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the global news channel CNN to showcase Nigeria globally, from the perspective of our film and entertainment industry. Indeed, packaging, marketing and thinking outside the box is the future of tourism,” he said.

Photo shows Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a group photograph with delegates to the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Friday.

Source News Express

Posted 25/11/2017 3:25:14 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
PDP lawless, undemocratic, says Kashamu after expulsion from...

No cause for alarm over Akwa Ibom Guber...

Buhari will shock Boko Haram, APC Chairman, Oyegun...

Akwa Ibom Govt. bans sale, purchase of unauthorised...

Uneasy calm over killing of 7 Keke riders...

Top politicians plotting to kill Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB...

Obaseki meets Ijaw leaders, preaches peace

Navy conducts mock anti-piracy rescue operations to mark...

Aare Ona Kakanfo: I won’t fail my people...

APC thugs attack Labour Party campaign train as...

Synagogue plans memorial service for 116 worshippers killed...

IGP assures medical practitioners of adequate security

 

Latest News APC governors collect signatures to remove Oshiomhole as party chairman Lagos Assembly reacts to impeachment moves against Ambode EFCC to investigate abandoned projects across the country Man hacks farmer, policeman to death in Ondo Kutigi, Tukur: Nigeria has lost two great patriots, says Obi Doctors find 122 nails in patient’s stomach Money laundering: Court remands Fayose in EFCC custody Military kills three Gana boys in Benue NYSC suspends Orientation Course in Kaduna ‘till further notice’ Supreme Court reinstates injunction order against Rivers APC congresses MRA inducts PTDF into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’, expresses concern over FG’s failure to act NHIS workers block suspended Executive Secretary from entering office

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (408,868 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (383,516 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (315,945 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (259,078 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (238,385 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,962 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,832 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (186,251 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (171,114 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (166,358 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (162,027 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,723 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (70) Business & Economy (3,703) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (949) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (561) Features (660) Global Business Monitor (305) International (2,564) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,834) Opinion (1,127) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,344) Religion (885) Sports (1,739) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement