The President of Asa Day Worldwide, Mr. Olaniyi Oyatoye has called on the Federal Government to harness the potential in the creative and cultural industry to strengthen the growth of the nation’s economy.
Oyatoye who disclosed this on Monday at a press conference to herald the forthcoming Lagos 2021 Asa Day celebration being organised in partnership with the Lagos State government billed for November 21st with the theme; ‘Let’s use our cultural heritage to revive our econom’, said Nigeria stands a great chance of surviving the current economic lapse, if it could focus more on cultural tourism.
Oyatote, who was flanked by the Special Adviser to Lagos State governor on Tourism, Solomon Bonu and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Princes Adenike Ajayi added that Nigeria can forge a solid partnership with symbiotic foreign countries for culture and tourism in developing and marketing their potential to boost patronage of local and foreign tourists.
He said there is the urgent need for a meaningful and sustainable financing of cultural development by the government and financial institutions, and multinational organisations in Nigeria.
Bonu, in his comments tasked all cultural enthusiasts to key into the initiative and begin to innovate creative items that can be exported by tourists from other countries whenever they visit Lagos State.