Abuja - Chief Edem Duke, the Minister of Tourism,
Culture and National Orientation, on Thursday, said the ministry would
strengthen its partnership with Britain to boost creativity in the
He made the disclosure when Martin Davidson, the Chief Executive Officer of British Council, visited him in Abuja.
He stressed the need for both countries to establish a platform for
exchange of talents as way of harnessing the potential in the countries’
Duke said, "the young Nigerians coming out of school will need such a platform to express their creative talents."
The minister requested the assistance of Britain in the areas of
expertise for the skills acquisition centre under construction in
Calabar and in restoring Nigeria’s theatres and monuments.
He also stressed the need for a partnership that would assist in
creating job opportunities for youths, as well as transform the creative
industry into a major income earner for the country.
"We must begin to think of an economy beyond oil ; help us to
reposition this sector. We are looking for opportunities for our
youths,’’ the minister requested.
Earlier, Davidson said Britain was determined to look into the
importance of culture as a means of building economic development for
He said the synergy would encourage Nigerian artistes to work together with artistes in the United Kingdom.
"It will create an opportunity for us to learn and develop new techniques with colleagues from Nigeria.
"We are conscious of the benefits of the exchange of ideas and views
with Nigerian artistes and are greatly interested in the skills
acquisition academy in Calabar."