Nigeria: Govt Working to Reduce Poverty, Unite Nigerians Through Entertainment Sector, Says Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to unite the country and reduce poverty even through the entertainment sector.

The minister made this known while receiving the executives of the Idoma International Carnival Group on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Wednesday.

Represented by Festus Ojieh, the Assistant Director, Entertainment and Creative Services Department in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the Minister stressed that the administration was exploring ways to bring Nigerians together and alleviate poverty in the country using cultural carnivals and other similar festivities.

“From the signals we are receiving, after Nollywood, cultural carnivals make the highest contribution to Nigeria’s GDP from the entertainment sector.

“We are, therefore, willing to finance cultural carnivals when the need arises, but we are going to first provide technical and professional support so that the aim of projecting Nigerian culture to the international stage will be achieved,” Mohammed said.

He then called on the organisation to also play its part in ensuring that the country was peaceful, prosperous and united.

He said, “Each of us in our respective positions has a role to play. So, it is a good thing that young people are aware of the importance of our culture and are making efforts to promote and harness its potentials.