Experts set agenda on appointment of culture minister
AHEAD of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to constitute his cabinet month end, culture practitioners have set agenda for the person to be chosen as Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation.
These creative industry professionals deemed it necessary to advice Buhari because of the mistakes of the past, which they attributed to the failures recorded in an otherwise wealth-creating sector of the economy.
Notable painter, former teacher at Yaba College of Technology, and former President, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) Mr. Kolade Oshinowo said, “We need somebody who has interest of the sector at heart; somebody who has enthusiasm and the vision,” he says. “It must not be somebody going to office as a transit lounge.
He must have a lot of vision and passion to see to the development of the sector. Also, a professor of folklore science, Gordini Garah, advised government to change its mindset about continued dependent on oil and gas when culture could offer better alternative source of income for the country through culture. He, however, sued for a competent person with a scientific mind to manage culture for its benefits to accrue to the country.