President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the 2016 Abuja Carnival Contingents and the International community of Nigeria’s government commitment to support the creative Industry.
The President gave the assurance during a dinner organised for the 2016 Abuja Carnival contingents in Abuja.
Issues of national interest
President Buhari said that the theme of the Carnival, “CREATIVE INDUSTRY”: A pivot to economic growth,’ was designed to address issues of national concern.
He reiterated government’s resolve to support the creative industry considering the fact that human creativity is the ultimate economic resource and the industrial harmony of the 21st century that increasingly depend on the generation of knowledge, creativity and innovation.
President Buhari stated that the issue of economy which is the primary focus of the carnival was one of the central issues of the change agenda of the Nigerian government.
“The creative industry is not only one of the rapid growing economy, but also a highly income generation, job creation and industrial harmony,” the President stated.
He explained that over the years, Abuja carnival has facilitated the preservation and transformation of cultural heritage and indeed the 2016 edition would not be an exception.
President Buhari expressed optimism that the redefinition of scope and content of the carnival in all ramifications would stimulate creativity and global appeal in subsequent editions.
The President commended the 2016 Abuja carnival management committee and the Ministry of Information and culture for the giant strive in maintaining the tempo of the event initiated many years ago.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed urged Nigerians “to embrace the nation’s cultural values and develop a creative mind.’’
Mohammed also called on other Stakeholders in the creative Industry to join forces with the government to preserve Nigeria’s cultural heritage.
According to him, sustaining and promoting the rich cultural heritage required creativity.
“If the culture goes into extinction, the younger generation will not have the proper cultural background of their diverse tribes,’’ he stressed.
“Tourism has grown beyond showcasing culture but also serve as an alternative to the nation’s economy,’’ the minister added.
There was also cultural display by various states across the federation.
The carnival, aimed at facilitating the preservation and transformation of Nigerians cultural heritage ends today, Tuesday.