By Laide Akinboade
AheadÂ of the 6th edition of Abuja Carnival holding inÂ November, the Carnival Management CommitteeÂ organised a stakeholders meetingÂ last weekÂ to brainstorm on how best to improve the carnival.
TheÂ stakeholders meeting brought together commissioners of culture andÂ tourism, permanent secretaries, directors of culture/tourism andÂ heads ofÂ related parastatals across the country.
DeclaringÂ open the meeting, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation,Â AlhajiÂ Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the 2010Â Abuja Carnival Organising committee, represented by the ministry’s permanentÂ secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Mahe, said that he was particularly delightedÂ because the forum will provide a good platform to further deepen interactionÂ among stakeholders of Abuja Carnival. Alhaji Mohammed stated that,Â “your presence here today has further strengthened my conviction inÂ our collective resolve to use this leading platform for setting aÂ vibrant agenda for a successful jubilee carnival”.
“May IÂ through you thank all the excellencies, the executive governors of the respectiveÂ states of the federation for the support they have been rendering to theÂ ministry and for making it possible for states to actively participateÂ at each edition of the carnival”.
According to the minister, heÂ noted that over the years, there was a general tendency toÂ Â underesti mate the importance of culture and the synergy it provides betweenÂ other facets of our national life.