NAL tasks government on cultural sector, tourism
President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), Prof. Olu Obafemi, has called on federal and state governments to diversify the economy, using the cultural sector and applied humanities.
Obafemi said this in Osun State when NAL members paid a courtesy visit to the state governor before the commencement of the Academy’s 2018 lecture holding at the Osun State University, Osogbo.
He said countries across Europe, America and Asia are leveraging on their culture to boost tourism and earn huge foreign exchange, urging Nigeria to learn from them and harness its abundant resources in the sector.
According to him, the sector has the capacity to engage all categories of workers and halt mass unemployment in the country.
He commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for introducing the Opon Imo (a portable touchscreen Android powered e-learning device), and for boosting cultural activities that have put the state on the world map.
He noted that the benefits of the Opon Imo may not be immediate, but in years to come, the people of the state would be the better for it.
Speaking on behalf of the governor, the Chief of Staff, Adegboyega Oyetola, described the governor as passionate about education and learning. He said this made the governor set up a committee led by Prof. Wole Soyinka to draw a blue print for schools in the state.
He disclosed that the governor, despite paucity of funds, has equipped the schools with adequate learning materials and that the students could compete favourably with their peers anywhere.
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