As part of efforts to reposition, culture and tourism sector as an alternative avenue for revenue generation, the National Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC has hinted thatit would encourage regional cultural festivals to consolidate the gains of the National Festival for Arts and Culture.
Mrs DayoKeshi, the Chief Executive Officer of NCAC, in an iterractive session with journalists in Abuja stated that the regional cultural festivals would stimulate grassroots participation in cultural activities and boost their economic benefits.
“Moving forward in 2015, our focus is to enhance the various possibilities that will make the sector more vibrant by promoting the potential of the sector.
“This will in turn attract direct investment and promote our festivals and production, packaging of our arts and crafts,’’ she said.
Keshi said the Council would establish an Arts and Crafts Dome that would serve as outlet for the marketing and sale of finished cultural products.
She said that the dome would help to increase the economic viability of products from the sector.
“As a priority, NCAC Arts and Crafts Skills Acquisition centres across the country will be strengthened and equipped as vocational centres for youths and women at the grassroots,’’ she said.
The executive officer said the Council would endeavour to turn Abuja into an art hub with beehive of activities, especially at weekends, to encourage leisure among Nigerians.
This, she said, would display and promote the products of the culture industry.


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