The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the nation has gradually begun diversifying its economy from oil to the creative industry to boost its internally generated revenue (IGR) and meet international standard.
The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Grace Gekpe, said this during the grand finale of Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) beauty pageant at Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
According to the Minister, the government was focusing its attention on developing the creative sector as an alternative means of boosting the nation’s economy.
“The Ministry has discovered that the creative industry is an alternative to oil and that is why we are doing a lot to support the sector,” he said
According to him, the creative industry is an area that opens up employment opportunities for the talented youths, thereby, reducing unemployment and possible youthful crimes.
The Minister commended Ronke Ademiluyi, the Heritage Ambassador to QMA, for her efforts in promoting culture, and advised other groups to encourage the youths to develop more interests in promoting their cultures.