The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has urged Jigawa Government to give incentives to creative and tourism investors to explore the rich potential of the state.
The Minister made the call in Dutse at a Gala night hosted in his honour by Governor Badaru Abubakar to mark the end of the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation held in the state.
The 9th edition of the Council with the theme, ” Tourism and Culture as Panacea for Nigeria’s Economic Recovery’’ was organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and hosted by Jigawa Government.
“I want the state to emulate the Federal Government by giving out incentives in terms of tax rebate, tax holiday and others to encourage film producers to come and set up film villages in the state
“This is because Jigawa has very fantastic scenery and tourism sites which will be ideal to shoot film of any genre.”
The Minister also urged the state to get involved in capacity training for artists and make available small scale loans for artisans who were talented in arts and crafts.
He said the efforts would provide another avenue for revenue for the state in addition to employing as many youths as possible.