The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Gekpe has said that 2019 edition of the Abuja Carnival tagged ‘Culture for Peace’ will enhance greater nation building and showcase the country’s strength even in her diversity as a people.
The Permanent Secretary made this known on Monday in Abuja at the Abuja Carnival stakeholders meeting.
The stakeholders’ meeting draws participants from the tourism and culture sector, tourism commissioners from all the 36 states plus the Federal capital Territory administration among others.
According to Gekpe, the theme of this year’s carnival was carefully chosen to reflect the aspiration of the Nigerian people for an enduring peace in the country.
It is worthy of note that carnivals in general aside from being a vehicles for wealth creation, employment generation and social integration are also a panacea for a peaceful and stable society.
Though diverse in language, tribe, culture and tradition as well as in religious and political philosophy, the carnival is conceived to showcase our strength even in our diversity and to forge a nation of one destiny, one people.
Among other gains, this year’s carnival will provide the platform to unwind, recreate and continue the onerous task of nation-building after the largely peaceful 2019 general election in the country, she stated.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry regrets the inconveniences caused by the postponement and shifts in dates of the carnival, however, she reassured that the shifts have given the technical forum better space to organize a world class carnival which will eventually sustain the carnival and raise the standard beyond previous editions.
In his remark, the Emir of Maccina in Yobe state,North East Nigeria Mr Bashir Albashir said the stakeholders meeting in respect of the carnival preparations was apt and timely considering the importance of the carnival in nation building.
He said as a way of diversifying the country’s mono economy away from oil, the need for focusing on the tourism and culture industry has become more paramount than ever before.
The traditional ruler however cautioned that while displaying the country’s diverse cultures to the world during the carnival, the organizers and participants must be mindful of ‘indecent’ displays that have the tendency of sending a wrong signal or message about Nigerian people and culture.
The 2019 Abuja carnival is billed to take place from the 23rd to 25th of November, 2019 in the nation’s capital Abuja, drawing participation from all the 36 states of the federation.
Source: Voice of Nigeria