FG Says Nigeria Can Explore Creative Industry To Overcome Recession

Recession, Creative Industry, NigeriaThe Federal Government is exploring the potentials of the creative industry to generate revenue and overcome Nigeria’s economic recession.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, stated this at a meeting with Commissioners of Culture and Tourism across various states in Nigeria, ahead of the 2016 Abuja Carnival.

Mr Mohammed told the gathering on Saturday that the industry has the potential and does not require huge investments to thrive.

He expressed optimism that the creative industry, if properly harnessed, would rescue Nigeria from its present challenges.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Ayotunde Adesugba, noted that it was the first time the carnival would be held under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

He said that the government was making every effort to see the festival succeed, even in the face of the present economic crisis.

The carnival is expected to kick off on November 19 while at least one million people are expected at the event.

Yobe State Governor Cuts Down Ministries From 22 to 15

yobe state-on-new-ministriesThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has approved the restructuring of ministries in the state from 22 to 15.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Mallam Wali and made available to newsmen in Damaturu, the state capital, listed the ministries scrapped to include; Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Development, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Integrated Rural Development, Ministry of Transport and Energy, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Sports.

The statement listed the new ministries to include; Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Community Development.

The new ministries also include Ministry of Land and Housing, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Justice, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Tourism and Ministry of Water Resources.

The statement said, “The restructuring is aimed at making the ministries more effective in the discharge of their functions and avoidance of unnecessary overlaps and bureaucracy for effective service delivery as well as cutting the cost of governance.”

The statement urged units removed from the defunct ministries to ensure smooth transition to their new mother ministries.