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President Buhari Promises to Improve Funding for the Creative Industry in 2017



L-R: Bayo Omoboriowo, VP Yemi Osinbajo, President Muhammadu Buhari

L-R: Bayo Omoboriowo, VP Yemi Osinbajo, President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration will improve funding of creative industry in the 2017 budget in order to boost employment opportunities.

The president made the pledge in Abuja at the public presentation of a pictorial book by Bayo Omoboriowo, titled “Buhari A New Beginning”.

The book launch with the theme: “Creative Youth as Drivers of the Change Agenda”, featured youth conversation, discussion session where seven selected youths exchanged ideas with the President on issues relating to creative industry.

The President said the improved allocation will provide the requisite infrastructure for rapid transformation of the creative industry in the country.

He said the fund would be channeled through the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

The President said steps would be taken by his administration to tackle the menace of piracy across the country and other challenges facing the country.

He called on the youths to partner with the administration in its efforts to diversify the economy and ensure a corrupt-free society.

In a message, a former Governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu stressed the need for the country to leverage on its youths as fulcrum for development.

Tinubu, who was represented by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, noted that the youths were instrumental to the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.

He stated that the strength of the nation “lies with the youth”, adding that their mobility and intellectual inquisitiveness were assets the country could not afford to ignore.

“We must create opportunities for them, empower them and carry them along in the policies we formulate. I am happy this government, through the office of the Vice-President, is involved in various programmes aimed at the youth,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu bought 300 copies of the book at an undisclosed amount for immediate distribution to youths at the presentation.

NAN reports that during interactive session, selected youths highlighted contributions of creative industry to socio-cultural and economic development as well as challenges facing the sector.

Cobham Asuquo, a multi talented Artist, spoke on the unifying strength of music amongst Nigerians.

An Arts Curator, Aderele Shonarewo, identified the enormous potentials of the visual arts in addressing unemployment and ensuring wealth creation.

Ishaq Sidi Ishaq, an Actor and Film Director with Kannywood, stressed the need for Nigeria to give priority to the film industry.

He said that Nigeria’s film industry has been rated second in the world.

A fashion designer, Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi identified poor electricity supply and inadequate infrastructure as some of the challenges frustrating the development of the nation’s fashion sub-sector.

The event was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, some governors, traditional rulers, business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and many other personalities.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Buhari Sallau

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. word

    September 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Dear Creative Industry, dont ever hope on that. Just proceed with your plans for 2017 like you never had this conversation.

    • Ice - Diva

      September 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      YOU NAILED IT WORD………….no truer advice than what you just said no addition no subtraction.

    • Tosin

      September 30, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      and respec’ to all.

  2. Ice - Diva

    September 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    YOU NAILED IT WORD………….no truer advice than what you just said no addition no subtraction.

  3. Hordunayor

    September 30, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Bayo, Keep making us proud, Well-done brov.

  4. madman

    September 30, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    If it was GEJ’s people that did this, morons will be shouting corruption. Rubbish~

  5. Mahka

    September 30, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Bayo be kissing ass, carry on jare. I ‘ll do the same if I were in your shoes..
    Buhari;a new beginning? Ok o

    • madman

      September 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      See all the big people who came to the small boyz event. Lmao ~ jobless entities who have nothing better to do.

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