Lagos - President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday night lauded the achievements of the Nigerian creative industry for being good ambassadors of the country.
Jonathan represented by Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, made the commendation in Lagos at "Evening of Celebration of the Creative Industry in Nigeria.’’
Jonathan, who had arrived Lagos for the event, had to leave due to the bomb blasts in Kano Central Mosque.
He said the challenge of insurgency breaks his heart but pointed out that terrorism and insurgency will never break the country or its citizens.
"The nation is more important than any individual and the spirit that has welded the country for the past 100 years will continue to hold us together. We must stand against insurgency and move the nation forward’’, he said.
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The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said the creative industry had enriched the lives of Nigerians.
She said the industry contributes 1.4 per cent of the country’s GDP (about N1.2 trillion) and 200,000 jobs directly and one million jobs indirectly.
She said 28 per cent of YouWin grants which is about N8.17 billion had gone the way of the creative industry and that 5,456 jobs had been created as a result of this.
She said Project Act Nollywood, a N3billion grant programme which was launched last year would now be extended to the other creative sub sectors.
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