FG’s Effort In Fighting Insurgency Is Being Sabotaged- Pres Jonathan

Green WallPresident Goodluck Jonathan says the Federal Government’s efforts in tackling insecurity in some parts of the country is  being hampered and sabotaged.

The president  spoke while receiving some Nollywood and music stars under the auspices of Creative Professionals, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The president, who described the alleged sabotage as frustrating,added that it was coming from both internal and external forces.

He said his administration is determined to diversify the country’s economy through the utilization of the creative industry and other intellectuals.

Also at the meeting were Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, Minister of Culture and Tourism Edem, Duke.

They observed a minute silence for victims of terror attacks in some parts of the country.

He also spoke on the challenges of infrastructure and pledged his administrations commitment to improving the situation and applauded the entertainment and creative artistes for creating a positive image for the country globally.

Leader of the delegation, Segun Arinze, thanked the President for his administration’s support to the creative industry and urged him to remain focused.

Earlier the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, reminded the creative professionals to work towards changing the psyche of Nigerians in the face of the security challenges.

Metrofile: Dayo Keshi Oozes Fabulosity And Class AT 60!

Dayo KeshiThe wife of Ambassador Joe Keshi, Mrs. Dayo Keshi recently celebrated her 60th birthday and retirement from the Federal Civil Service after serving for 31 years.

Some of the invited guests were big wigs in the Civil Service, ministers, diplomats including Minister of Culture, Edem Duke, Minister of State For Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of Power, Berth Nnaji, former Presidential aspirant, Pat Utomi, former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro.

Actors Meet Jonathan, Call For Censors Board Sack

The Actors Guild of Nigeria has called for the sack of those at the helm of affairs of the Nigeria Film Corporation and National Film and Video Censors Board.

The call was made by the President of the guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima, when they paid a solidarity visit to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Fiberesima is the first female President of the guild since its inception 15 years ago with about 5 million members nationwide.

Fiberesima urged the President to review their appointments and employ those with passion for the job to instil purposeful leadership in the film industry.

She said that those who have been appointed to run those agencies have shown lack of capacity to put the industry on the path of growth, especially in this transformational period. She implored the President to review those appointments and appoint administrators with passion, zeal and total dedication to the development of the film Industry.

She also said that Nollywood was in dire need of a modern, responsive legal environment for it to continue to thrive and remain relevant to this administration’s transformation agenda.

In his response, President Jonathan promised to look at the requests put forward by the guild  for the donation of a piece  of land, stating that the land was guaranteed, but that he would meet with the FCT Minister to help them build a secretariat.

Noting that actors nationwide have touched the lives of Nigerians even to the grassroots, the President said that Nollywood was the tool that would be used to redefine Africa.

The Information Minister, Labaran Maku, promised that their request that needed executive assent would be presented to the Federal Executive Council next week.

The Culture and Tourism Minister, Edem Duke, also urged the guild to sustain the positive value of the country, as well as the unity of the country in every story they tell.

Centenary Celebration : Project To Be Private Sector Driven

The idea of the Centenary Celebration of Nigeria is now becoming clearer as the secretary to the Federal Government of the federation;Sen. Ayim Pius Ayim has said that any government official who will be participating at the event, will not be spending a kobo from the public purse.

Sen, Ayim who in the company of the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke briefed journalists in Lagos on the modalities of the event.

 

We can replicate FESTAC ‘77 in the next two years – Minister

Chief Edem Duke, Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, says the Festival of African Culture (FESTAC) can be revived in two years.

Duke said this on Friday in Abuja at a presentation of an all-female dance troupe from Cuba.

The Minister said replicating FESTAC ‘77 was a challenge the country faced and urged stakeholders and the different Heads of Missions in Nigeria to work towards realising the vision.

“Nigeria has been handed with a challenge and that challenge is to replicate FESTAC ‘77.

“I see it as a possibility, and the only limitation to this is the will and desire of the stakeholders who will make this happen.

“We are talking about this two years ahead. We will engage with the various governments, stakeholders in the private sector and the culture community to ensure that this can happen.”

Edem said replicating FESTAC ‘77 would encourage cultural fusion among Africans in the Diaspora.

“It will be such a wonderful opportunity to gather and celebrate humanity and our love for one another,’’ he said.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hugo Milanes, said the event was a reminder of the bilateral and cultural bonds shared by both countries.

He also appreciated the efforts of the ministry in promoting Nigerian culture.

“It is a trip to our roots. This is Cuban music, but music that is linked to Nigerian cultural tradition. That is part of our culture.

“It is just a way of saying `thank you to Nigeria’, and `thanks’ to Africa for this contribution to our cultural heritage.

FESTAC ‘77 was the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture and was held in Lagos in 1977.

It came as a result of the experiences which Africa had gone through.

It was for Africans, Africans in Diaspora and Peoples of African origin to come together and rediscover their roots and establish ties with Motherland Africa.

Its aim was to ensure the revival, resurgence, promotion of the Black and African cultural values and civilisation.

Discussing Culture and Tourism with Edem Duke

Discussing the values of culture and tourism,Ayotunde Balogun was with the Minister of Culture and Tourism; Mr.Edem Duke