Communities, cultural organizations, government agencies, the media and the academia have been urged to collaborate to realize the vast of wealth in the culture sector in Nigeria.
The Deputy Director Admin and Human Resources, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Jane Anigala, who read the communiqué of the two-day Annual Roundtable on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO), organized by NICO, highlighted other ARTCO recommendations, which include that; Government should create enabling environment through the provision of soft loans, security and implementation of strategic plans and policies for the viability of the culture sector
The communique read that government should set up soft loans for the culture sector and encourage private sector participation in cultural activities; that there is need for synergy between the culture and education sectors for the promotion of religious tolerance, mutual trust, values of accountability, transparency, integrity and patriotism; that government should encourage the recreation of traditional festivals, not only to enhance our GDP but also to make such festivals relevant to contemporary society and boost tourism development; that proper data collection and management of the festivals should be encouraged to foster the growth of the festivals and promote tourism. Festivals, it read, have the capacity and potentials to achieve tremendous economic benefits if properly managed and packaged;
Globalization has come to stay, hence the need to embrace it, adopt it and accept the positive aspects while rejecting negative effects.
These recommendations and others are the products of from the ARTCO, where it was further suggested that culture determines economic outcome because positive cultural values are imperative, not only for social cohesion and improved quality of life of a people, but also for economic growth and development. It noted that Nigeria as a blessed nation with rich cultural history and landscape, abundant natural and human resources, and with the creative works that are valued and sought after all over the world, has no business being poor if these resources are effectively harnessed.
The communique also revealed that lack of private sector participation in the culture sector, over dependent on oil and acts of corruption have hampered full promotion and utilization of creative industries; that religious differences and multiplicity of culture often constrained economic growth and development due to varying attitudes, norms and intolerance in beliefs and practices; globalization pervades societies; if not properly managed, it is dangerous to societies.
The members of the Communiqué drafting committee are Ag. Director, Research and Documentation, Mr. Mike Ekoko; Deputy Director, Research and Documentation, Mrs Chioma Duru; Deputy Director Admin and Human Resources, Mrs Jane Anigala and Dr. Bridget Onochie of the Guardian Newspaper
Nwagbo Pat Obi
NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre