By Jimoh Babatunde
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said Nigeria will generate huge revenue through its investment in the creative industry and tourism.
Speaking on the imperative of diversifying the country’s economy from oil in Lagos, Lai Muhammed said the country needed to diversify to arts, culture and tourism.
According to him: “We must not neglect the creative industry: arts and culture, as it is the spring-board that we need to reach the goldmine we are sitting on. It just needs to be fine-tuned to fetch us huge revenue.
“We cannot depend on the oil sector alone. We need to diversify the economy to arts, culture and tourism. This administration is diversifying the economy away from oil, which for many years has been the mainstay of our economy.
“We are working hard to move these sectors from the margins to the mainstream, and ensure that the rural poor in particular are factored into the sector’s architecture.”
Mohammed explained that special attention would be paid to capacity building of culture and tourism managers to revive the nation’s creative arts, boost tourism and create employment, particularly for the rural dwellers.
“We believe this will not only create thousands of jobs, thus keeping our people meaningfully engaged, it will also become a money spinner for the economy and stem rural-urban migration,” he said.
Mohammed identified the non-involvement of local communities in the tourism and culture architecture as one of the banes of the sector.