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FG urged to prioritise art industry for job creation

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The Federal Government has been advised to pay more attention to arts industry in a bid to address the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.

Speaking after a drama presentation in Abuja, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja, Dr. Olympus Ejue, lamented the wrought in the arts industry, adding that prioritising the industry would also help in curbing insecurity in Nigeria.

He said: “Theatre is an employer of labour because a lot of the people who are part of the practice today are self employed and so many of them are not doing too badly.”

He noted the security challenges the country is currently facing, have also affected theatre patronage.

“The patronage is low and I think it is also as a result of the bad economy situation of the country is affecting the number of theatre goers. This is happening as the private sector, which should support the growth of theatre is also striving to survive hence the low partnership that now exists.”

He stated that arts, which are vital in passing out critical information, could be revived through adequate funding and provision of the needed infrastructure.

Ejue said that the major challenge confronting the practice of theatre in Nigeria was poor equipment, adding that the issue of getting viable theatre that had all it takes to pass its messages across was always a problem.

“Facilities are not there, you can see the poor lightening that is almost flooding the stage. The government itself is not helping matters, they do not understand how powerful theatre is as a medium of communication.

“People are yet to understand how theatre runs and what it means,” the varsity don submitted.


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