How Nigeria can use culture, tourism to promote peaceful co-existence, by Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that culture and tourism could play a critical role in integrating communities, promoting peace and harmonious co-existence among the diverse cultures in Nigeria.
Speaking at the ongoing national summit on culture and tourism in Abuja, the President noted that tourism brings individuals and human communities into contact through cultures and civilisation, adding that tourism has the capacity to assist the world inhabitants to live better together and thereby contribute to peaceful co-existence between peoples and cultures.
President Buhari, who stressed the need to make use of culture and tourism as instruments of social mobilisation for national revival, said his administration would provide the required enabling environment for arts, culture and tourism to thrive and develop through the massive upgrading of infrastructure and the provision of security.
Represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the President noted that culture generally represents the totality of the history and way of life of a people but lamented that over time, as a result of so many experiences, we seem to have lost the tenets of our cultural values, which are of integrity, honesty, sincerity and God-consciousness.
While urging participants at the summit to develop appropriate policies and right attitudes toward achieving the desired goals, Buhari stated that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has a critical role to play in leveraging on the diverse cultures in Nigeria to inculcate the tenets of the nation’s cultural values of integrity, honesty, sincerity and God-consciousness in the citizens.
“I charge the Ministry of Information, Culture and National Orientation to effectively liaise with other relevant ministries and agencies to work out appropriate programmes, including actions and measures, that would help in fighting the scourge of these social vices brought about by the collapse of our value systems,” he said.
In his address, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said his ministry in the last six months had taken a bold step to convert the nation’s huge cultural and tourism potentials into vast opportunities for revenue generation and job creation.
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