04 November 2019
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed says the ministry is working on plans to launch a National Policy on culture, Tourism and to finalize arrangement on motion picture council of Nigeria.
The minister who made this known at a meeting in Abuja, said the achievements of the ministry in the last four years are remarkable and laudable, noting that there were some misconception in certain areas, that the ministry gave more attention to the information sector than the culture and tourism.
“But I can tell you with evidence that we achieved a lot in the tourism and culture sector, or the creative industry generally”.
“However, in the second tenure, we plan to conclude and launch the national policy on tourism in order to set the necessary legal framework for the sector”.
“We will also finalise work in the motion picture of Nigeria bill and submit it to the federal executive council”.
“There is plan to also create a proper regulatry environment for the sub-sector that has put Nigeria’s name on the global map, thus attracting the much needed investment to the sector”.
“We will also establish the endowment fund for the Arts to create a legal framework for the financing of the sector”.
“We also plan to make the national summit for culture and tourism, which we first held in April 2016 a yearly affair, starting from the first quarter of 2020”, he said.
Lai stressed that a regular meeting of the presidential council on tourism (PCT) to catalyse the growth of tourism, at least there meeting a year, is also in the offing.
He said that the ministry would finalise work on and launch the National Festival calendar within the year, adding that it was to attract more tourists both domestic and foreign to the events”.
“We will get more sites in Nigeria inscribed as UNESCO world heritage sites and explore private sector Branding of the nation’s cultural centres abroad and many others”, he added.
On the Abuja carnival, the minister said that 21 states have indicated interest to participate, noting that the carnival would be a special one .
On her part, the president of the Culture, Arts, Tourism and Entertainment Writers Association Abuja,
CATEWAA, Mrs Bridget Onoche said the meeting with the Minister was to collaborate with other stakeholders in giving the sector the desired publicity and project the activities in the culture sector .