In a collective plea for synergy, administrators and operators in the realms of culture and tourism nationwide unite in urging influential figures, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and state governments, to consider the amalgamation of culture and tourism ministries.
The proposal aims to dissolve the growing dichotomy between these sectors, fostering a more cohesive approach to managing and promoting the nation’s rich cultural and tourism assets.
Expressing concern over the historical underperformance of the tourism sector, leaders in both domains emphasize the potential benefits of merging these ministries into a unified entity.
The envisioned synergy seeks to streamline efforts, allowing for more effective management, promotion, and preservation of Nigeria’s diverse cultural and tourism ecosystem.
According to newtelegraphng.com, this resolution was part of the communique issued at the close of the four-day maiden edition of the National Stakeholders’ Conference on Review of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) 2023, staged at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja recently.
The four days gathering conducted under the auspices of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) under Otunba Segun Runsewe as the Director General, had in attendance representatives of the 36 states and FCT, made of commissioners of tourism and culture, permanent secretaries and other administrators, including private operators.
The session feature presentations on different aspects of Nigerian tourism and culture by selected speakers including NCAC DG, who admonished the gathering on sustainability of culture and tourism as well as using both as tools The communique emphasised the importance of both culture and tourism remaining as one ministry at the federal and state levels, to complement each other and contribute meaningfully to diversification efforts of government at improving the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the nation.
The communique was drafted by eight syndicate groups after they were tasked at the first day of the conference to proffer solutions on how to revive the culture and tourism sector.
The outcome of the conference was presented to the stakeholders by the Chairman of the Communique Drafting Committee, Dr Gerald Adewole, who disclosed the resolutions of the conference would be forwarded to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, governors of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, for immediate implementation, to turn the sector into a major revenue generating hub.
Part of the communique reads; “Skills acquisition is critical and strategic to the empowerment of stakeholders in the sector and the development of arts and culture industry.