By Mcphilips Nwachukwu, Visual
Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGOM), which holds in Perth, Australia from 28th-30th October, 2011, the Managing Director of the Commonwealth Business Council, (CBC) Mr Steve Godfrey last week paid a courtesy visit to the Director General (DG) National Gallery of Art, (NGA), Dr Abdullahi Sabo Muku.
The Business Forum of CBF will be hosted in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,under the theme,Partnering for Global Growth: The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Rim. This event will be declared open by Her Excellency, The honourable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia.
During the visit, Mr Godfrey who was accompanied by the Managing Director, Image Affairs, Nigeria, Ms Annette Dore and the Director Investment Relations of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) Ladi Katagun, said that he was in Nigeria for a business dialogue on the forth coming Commonwealth Business and Heads of Government Forum which is scheduled to take place in Australia in October later in the year and has deemed it appropriate to visit the Director General, National Gallery of Art to work out a modality in promoting the Nigerian visual art by making it a side attraction at the event.
According to him,the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) is an umbrella business body responsible for Promoting Global Trade and Investment for Shared Prosperity among the Commonwealth states.
The visit , he further stated was meant to highlight the business aspect of the organization and to explore how the visual art as an alternative source of revenue generation can play a major role in the forth coming session at meeting in Australia.
The Director General, (DG) National Gallery of Art, (NGA), Dr Abdullahi Muku in his response expressed his happiness about the visit and unfolded his action plans to making the Nigerian Visual Art Sub-sector another major economic earner for the country.
The DG who said that the NGA has over three thousand works of art with different sizes in their national collection, indicated that they are faced with different challenges. These challenges, he said ranges from space, weather, preservation and essentially having a befitting National Gallery of Art that is located in Abuja.
The DG expressed happiness over the choice of His Excellency the President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who is keen at diversifying the country’s economy by looking into other sectors for an improved internally generated income for a better Nigeria as one of the lead speakers.