By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on
Friday visited the ongoing African Arts and Craft Expo in Abuja,
during which he inspected all the pavilions of the Exhibitors from
across the country and many African nations.
The Minister, who was with the Head of Civil Service of the
Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Permanent Secretary,
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Madam Grace Isu Gekpe,
used the occasion to restate the present administration’s commitment
to exploiting the Creative Industry in its drive to diversify the
“We have gone to pavilions, individual galleries and also (those
belonging to the) states and countries. I think the whole idea is to
let Nigerians know that this government believes in this
diversification of its economy and that the Creative Industry in
particular, films, arts and craft and the likes, is one area which is
under-exploited and it can employ more people and create wealth.
“What you have seen today is just the skills and talents of Nigerians,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed stressed the contribution of the Creative Industry to
Nigeria’s exit from recession and said it is one industry that grew by
11.7% even when other sub-sectors of the economy were experiencing
He commended the artistry, expertise and creativity of Nigerians,
saying he is impressed that the industry is now attracting young
people with talents and skills.
“To me, the most important aspect of it is that Nigerians are now
getting more involved and they are now seeing the value of creativity.
They now see that the economy is not just about White Collar jobs or
even Blue Collar jobs. Today’s economy is more of talent-based and
knowledge-based,” the Minister said.
He advised the Exhibitors to always enveadour to improve the quality
of the packaging of their products in order to be able to compete with
Alhaji Mohammed also implored them to use the Social Media and
showcase their products to a global audience at minimal cost.
In her remarks, Mrs. Oyo-Ita expressed delight at the abundant talents
in Nigeria, which she said are playing a critical role in reviving the
nation’s culture and tradition.
“It’s very exciting to know that we have this level of arts work and
talent in Nigeria. You can see a lot of traditional items that we
thought have been phased out are being rejuvenated,” she said.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita commended the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
for showcasing the nation’s huge potentials in arts and craft.
The Exhibition is organized by the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC)