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Nkech Ejele Perm Sec urges urgent development of carnival to boost economy

She said that if the nation’s convivial was well developed, it would be like great carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago, Notting Hill of the U.K., among others.

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Mrs Nkech Ejele, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation on Tuesday in Abuja said there was an urgent need to develop the nation’s carnival to be self-sustaining.

Ejele made this assertion at a stakeholders’ meeting of the 2015 Nigerian National Carnival scheduled to hold in November in Abuja.

She said that if the nation’s convivial was well developed, it would be like great carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago, Notting Hill of the U.K., among others.

"Today, people all over the world would appreciate the aesthetic creativity and cultural tourism that these aforementioned carnivals showcased."

"It is therefore pertinent to note that the sector generates business opportunities for singers, songs writers, choreographers, costume builders and designers and make-up artistes. The recognition of the numerous contributions of the carnival to socio-economic development is vital for its sustainability.’’

Ejele said that the carnival with the theme: ``The Creative Industry : Pivot to Economic Growth’’ was apt, especially as government was determined to use the country’s creative ingenuity to boost the nation’s economy at this period of dwindling oil prices.

According to her, the carnival, which started since 2005, is a noble initiative that represents the country’s warm nature and rhythm.

She said that the carnival was a platform where talents were showcased, the values of the nation’s cultural heritage were projected and ``the spirit of national identity, patriotism and understanding is ignited.’’

"it also creates seasonal, employment, enhances social interactions and fosters unity.

Earlier, Mr Biodun Abe, the Artistic Director of Nigeria National Carnival said that the 2015 carnival would further emphasis the role of creative industry as a key contributor to economic growth of the nation.`

Abe said that the carnival had grown in leaps and bounds and yet, had remained focus to its objective of presenting and preserving the rich intangible cultural heritage of the country showcasing Abuja as a destination.

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