BY CALEB AYANSINA
As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate 2013 World Culture Day, the Federal Government has emphasized that it was only creative economy that could guarantees gender sensitivity and women and youth empowerment.
Speaking at the Celebration in Abuja, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and NationaOrientation, High Chief Edem Duke noted that the role of culture in the development of a society could not be overemphasized, and that, if well exploited, it could lead to youth and women empowerment.
The Minister further urged the Nigerian youths to use their hands and talents to create wealth, maintaining that, innovator holds key to the next global development agenda.
According to him, “for us in Nigeria and as a people within the West African sub-region, the biggest black nation in Africa, we have a lot to celebrate in terms of our rich cultural heritage which is a product of our plurality, diversity, multi-ethnicity and multi-culturalism.
“In the year ahead, culture will play as unprecedented role in human and societal development based on the vast exploitation of the global creative industries which are protected by copyright, patent, traditional knowledge and intellectual property regime.Creative people and innovative minds in this 21st century will turn out to be the new trend setters and bench makers of our time as nations have began to place emphasis on the creative economy which guarantees gender sensitivity and employment for women and the youth.
Therefore, our message for this year’s world culture day should be ‘teach the youth to use his hands and talent to create wealth’. The Nigerian youth should aspire to be self-sufficient and be an employer of labour. In this 21st century, creators and innovators hold the key to the next global development agenda.”In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele noted that cultural plurality as major attribute of Nigeria should be employed by all and sundry to foster peaceful and harmonious existence in the country.
She said, “as you all know, diversity is integral to human existence and diversity transcends ethnographic, geographical and bio-diversity to the essence of what defines humanity; culture. Culture is that fundamental element which defines our identity as a people and is an essential ingredient to understanding our intrinsic differences.This basic understanding enables us to appreciate each other, because inter-cultural dialogue is always the best option available to achieve lasting peace at community, inter-state, national, regional and international levels.”