Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
The Federal Government on Tuesday announced that if will hold a three-day National Summit on Culture and Tourism later in April 2016.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, stated this while receiving a delegation from the British Council in his office.
He said the summit is geared towards realising the economic diversification, adding that the Nigerian and British governments would explore opportunities of improving the creative industry.
”As you are very much aware, a major plank of this Administration’s policy is the diversification of the economy away from oil. To further this agenda, we in the Ministry of Information and Culture have been putting in place measures to fast track the diversification agenda in the Culture and Tourism Sectors.
”One of such measures is to critically assess veritable avenues of using Culture to drive Tourism in order to achieve a significant boost in the vast tourism potentials of the country. In view of this, we are happy to announce that the Ministry will host a three-day National Summit on Culture and Tourism from April 27th to 29th,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said that the Summit, which has the theme ”Repositioning Culture and Tourism in a Diversified Economy”, would attract stakeholders in the Culture and Tourism Sectors.
He however commended the British Council for its efforts in forging the partnership with the Ministry in the Culture Sector.
”Ahead of a formal partnership between this ministry and the British Council, we have convened this meeting, or working session if you like, to provide the platform for better understanding between us; discuss the proposed areas of collaboration as well as to agree on an implementation plan for delivery of the agreed areas under the partnership.
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