As uncertainty in the international oil market continues, the federal government has restated its commitment to explore the numerous potentials in the culture and tourism sector as alternative sources of revenue generation.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in an interaction with the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism recently in Abuja, said the sector remains a fundamental component of sustainable development, maintaining that the present administration is committed to not only exploring all untapped resources in the country, but will also revamp cultural industries.
“The culture sector will get attention unlike in the past. Our commitment now is unlike in the past when the dynamism and potentials of the sector where not recognised beyond music, dance and entertainment. Thus, the ministry under my watch will focus on the development of the nation’s cultural resources towards creating jobs. We will also harness the abundant resources within the domain of the culture and tourism sector with the zeal to reposition it.”
The minister, who stressed that he, is comfortable working with the committee, pledged to accord it the respect it deserves and see it as a partnership to enhance the growth of the ministry.
On his part, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, said for the agencies to perform optimally, the committee is willing to do what it takes to ensure that they remain viable, adding that “If you are having challenges of funds, the committee is willing to ensure that we reincorporate the issues to the agencies under this ministry.”
He urged all chief executives of culture parastatals to take advantage of the committee to work for the good of the sector and not just look at it as one that is saddled with performing oversight functions alone.
Urhoghide, however, admonished the chief executives to key into the change agenda of the present administration, stating that for the reorientation of the citizenry to be successful, the change must start with them, stating that the country has moved to a phase where wastage can no longer be tolerated and they must use all the resources allocated to them judiciously.

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