We’ll raise Abuja Carnival to world standard – FG

We’ll raise Abuja Carnival to world standard – FG
September 16 10:09 2016

The Federal Government has said it will improve on this year’s edition of the Abuja Carnival to register the annual cultural show among the best in the world.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
 Mohammed, stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a
 stakeholders’ meeting of the 2016 Abuja Carnival.

He mentioned Notting Hill in the UK, Trinidad and Tobago, 
Brazil among the carnivals Abuja Carnival will be made to emulate.

The minister said that Abuja Carnival, like its counterparts across the globe, should be contributing in meaningful ways to Nigeria’s Internally Generated Revenue and Gross 
Domestic Product.

The  2016 Abuja carnival with the theme “Creative 
Industry: A Pivot to Economic Growth’’ is scheduled to 
hold from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22.

Represented by Mr George Ufott,
 a Director in the ministry, the minister told stakeholders that the
 country was endowed with diverse cultural heritage and 
a thriving creative industry which were key contributors
 to economic growth.

He said that the carnival, established in 2005, “is a
unique platform for soft power diplomacy geared
 toward positive promotion of the nation’s unique and
 vibrant cultural endowment.”

The minister added that the carnival would be used
 continually to preserve, present and promote the rich 
intangible national cultural heritage. He urged
 participants to strategise on positive ways and means
 of developing the carnival and others, in line with global
best practices.