By McPhilips Nwachukwu
ABUJAâ€”AT the closure of the 2009 Abuja Carnival yesterday, Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Jonathan GoodluckÂ prescribed the development of the culture sector as the basisÂ for speedy socio-economic and political growth of the country.
He said the present administration ofÂ President Yar’Adua-led government believes strongly in the development of culture as an active catalyst capable of enthroning better understanding, sincere cooperation, lasting unity, peace and tranquility in the nation.
â€œFor it is true cultural traits such as language, religion, behaviour pattern that individuals learn to identify themselves as members of specific communities as opposed to non-members of communities,â€ he said.
At a different fora during the carnival, President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™AduaÂ described the yearly event as a cultural product that is capable of attracting tourists and foreign exchange to the country. He noted that the carnival can help in the development of the nationâ€™s economy aside laundering the image of the country globally.
Speaking through Senator Bello Gada, Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Yarâ€™Adua hinted that if properly promoted and well organised, the yearly carnival can play a key role in the eradication of poverty and creation of employment which incidentally are part of the seven point agenda of the Federal Government.