- FG plans to use creative industry to boost Nigeria's ailing economy
- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state commends the industry and reinstates his government's effort to assist the industry
- They say this at the recently held Lagos state Art Expo
The Lagos state governor Akinwumi Ambode has promised to focus on the development of the cultural and creative sector as he believes there are potentials in the industry.
He stated on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Eko Hotel during the first Lagos Art Expo, that the boundless energy and creativity that many practitioners exude make it wise to invest more in the area.
The governor gave assurance that his government will pay more attention to the sector.
“I am highly impressed by the quality of the performances and the artworks on display here tonight. Part of our commitment to the development of the industry is the six cinemas we are building across the state. I am convinced that arts is the real future of Lagos.”
The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was also at the event described Lagos state as the hub of the creative sector in Nigeria. He noted that the creative industry has a key role to play in the Federal Government’s economic diversification policy.
He said the creative industry, which comprises film, music, all forms of production, fashion, design, etc., was one of the sectors to be leveraged upon in the government’s diversification efforts.
‘’We need to create jobs, both skilled and semi-skilled, formalise all aspects of these industries, make them export products and help to promote and participate in infrastructure development that will enhance the sector and people’s lives. We cannot achieve this without Lagos State. With its over 20 million people, Lagos is the home of the creative sector.’’
Present at the event were art collector and patron, Prince Yemisi Shyllon, former governor of Ogun state, Aremo Segun Osoba among others.