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Culture, ingredient for economic devt …. Jonathan

By McPhilips Nwachukwu

ABUJA—AT the closure of the 2009 Abuja Carnival yesterday, Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Jonathan Goodluck  prescribed the development of the culture sector as the basis  for speedy socio-economic and political growth of the country.

He said the present administration of  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.

“For 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,” he said.

At a different fora during the carnival, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua  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 nation’s economy aside laundering the image of the country globally.

Speaking through Senator Bello Gada, Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Yar’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.


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