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Culture, Tourism sector credible alternative to oil, says Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture on Thursday said the culture and tourism sector would soon become a credible alternative to crude oil.

Mohammed spoke at the Quarterly Public Lecture entitled “ Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy“ organised by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in Abuja.

“I believe the sector will become a credible alternative to crude oil in no distant time. Many countries of the world are harnessing the huge potentials in their culture and tourism.

“We cannot afford to lag behind as cultural industries are acknowledged as the fastest growing in countries all over the world. “ Nigeria’s journey towards economic growth and development would have truly begun, if all stakeholders accord the priority attention it deserves.

“It is pertinent to state here that the task of developing our economy is the responsibility of all Nigerians,’’ Mohammed said.

He explained further that the development could come from any quarter or form adding that it was not a stereotyped thing or does it have any template.

“The development we need, can be through Public –Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement; collaboration with the government at the Federal, state, and local government levels.

“It can also be through meaningful investments by Nigerian entrepreneurs in culture and tourism infrastructure.

“Patronage of made in Nigeria goods as well as the media playing vanguard role in drawing attention to the economic potentials in our culture sector.

Mohammed reiterated the urgent need to explore alternative sources of revenue generation as it was a major concern to the administration of President Mohammed Buhari.

“Recently the Federal Government through the National Orientation Agency launched the “Change Begins with Me’’ campaign, which is a re-engineering programme designed to promote attitudinal change and patriotism in Nigerians.

“The success of the programme will foster good international image for the country and attract the much needed traffic of tourists. He commended NICO for the choice of the theme of the lecture, saying that it was apt in view of the present economic challenges.




  • Ogbonnaya Okike

    Which government (country) will recommend to its citizens to make a holiday in Nigeria? People allover the world know very much about kidnapping, Boko Haram in the North or the trouble in oilrich regions and the corruption in all areas of the system.

    • front man

      Very soon you will change your way

    • mamaT

      dats ur own point of view cos you don’t value wat u av….Nigeria is bless you hear?

    • progressive

      The kidnapping that you talked about have been existing since when pdp government have been in power , I will give kudos to buhari for the effective work he is doing in making sure that boko must be defeated all means

    • dele20

      Wrong perspectives & poor mentality

    • Night Crawler

      That’s why whistle blower policy is created to help expose corruption in high places, boko haram will be a thing of the past sooner than later, embrace what you have, speak good of your country and stop being sentimental on a public forum

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    HMIC,he is just a problem solver with a creative mind

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o….
      God should continue to help him

      • dele20

        Amen oooo

    • dele20

      HMIC has creative and innovative plans for our nation

    • front man

      Well said that’s was why he chosen to lead to lead that ministry

    • Night Crawler

      Well said, the best minister of information Nigeria ever had

  • dele20

    Kudos to HMIC,you are really creative, dynamic and diversification of our economy in term of culture and tourism will surely have a huge contribution to the progress of our nation

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o

    • woman leader1

      Well said

    • Night Crawler

      True talk and more grease to your elbow

  • Olatubosun

    Well said my honorable minister of information.
    You really spoke well sir.

    • dele20

      I appreciate the minister ‘s efforts

      • mamaT

        he is the best jere

  • Olatubosun

    God bless our honorable minister of information

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, HMIC is really concerned about our nation

      • woman leader1

        Sure

    • front man

      Amen

  • dele20

    Agriculture is another credible alternative to oil, this APC led administration has good plans

    • front man

      Yes oooo

    • mamaT

      sure

  • dele20

    More grease to our minister “Lai Muhammad” ‘s elbow

  • front man

    Well spoken HMIC we believe in policy as the Minister of information and culture

    • dele20

      The minister of information always has sleepless nights, busy meditating different innovations in which our nation can stand

      • mamaT

        u can say that again

      • stackCrawler

        I totally agree with you on that

    • woman leader1

      Correct

      • stackCrawler

        GBAm

    • stackCrawler

      That’s it; HMIC is always on point

  • front man

    May God bless you sir

    • dele20

      Amen in billion folds

      • stackCrawler

        You have said well

    • woman leader1

      Amen

      • stackCrawler

        That’s the way

    • stackCrawler

      Nasoooo

  • mamaT

    God bless ur brain our dear honourable minister….the economy of this nation is sure gonna bounce back kudos!

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam

  • woman leader1

    This is a great job done for meaningful Nigerian and non Nigerian to enjoy their holiday here

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you

  • woman leader1

    Kudos to HMIC for the great job

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, this is one of the best ways to champion and war against the economic recession.

      KUDOS TO HMIC

      • stackCrawler

        That’s it

    • stackCrawler

      Big big kudos to HMIC

  • dele20

    HMIC is a man of creativity, sacrificiality, transparency, honesty and incorruptibility.

    The aim of HMIC is the progress of our nation,everynigerian needs to follow his good steps

    • stackCrawler

      Alh Lai Mohammed is the best man for the job; we stand with him

  • dele20

    I am very sure that HMIC is the best among the entire ministers

    • stackCrawler

      That’s a sure banker

  • dele20

    I wholeheartedly embraces this one by HMIC, good steps, nice one

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you

  • dele20

    This administration is trying to free Nigeria from one-way-method – bondage, we must have credible alternatives to oil, Creativities. Hmmmm, thumb up for HMIC

    • stackCrawler

      That’s just it

  • progressive

    Kudos to HMIC for the good work he is doing he is a man of integrity also a man of his words

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, HMIC is working great

      • stackCrawler

        Doing really great

    • stackCrawler

      Big ups to HMIC

  • progressive

    God will surely to give HMIC for him to complete his task

  • Night Crawler

    Its a welcome development, culture and tourism will be another major source of income to Nigeria, let us all embrace it, to make Nigeria a better place and also it will create job employment to Nigerians

    • stackCrawler

      Surely

    • THEARGUMENTATOR

      I agree with you on this. Its a good move. Tourism all over the world is a means for the generation of funds.

  • J. Trevor

    Why do Nigerians delight themselves in blagging their heads off empty dreams and wishful thinking??
    ‘“I believe the sector will become a credible alternative to crude oil in no distant time. Many countries of the world are harnessing the huge potentials in their culture and tourism.’
    Has Nigeria managed to even harness 0.1% of its crude oil?
    Tourism in a country devoid of any form of security and that has diversified from broad day armed robbery to daylight kidnapping?
    Do you know the meaning of tourism and what it entails?

  • stackCrawler

    HMIC always on point

  • LagosBoy

    Well said HMIC..The best man for the Job..Positive thinking like this would make our economy grow and improve our standard of living..
    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all..

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