Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated yesterday that development plans failed because previous governments ignored cultural dimension of such strategies.
According to him, culture is the driver and an enabler of sustainable development, adding that if culture remains ignored, no development plan or strategy will work.
The minister spoke when he opened a two-day national workshop on “Nigerian Dress Culture and Sustainable Economic Development” organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in Minna yesterday.
He, however, said the present administration is working towards integrating culture in its policies, plans and strategies as a means of preventing failure.
The minister, who was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr. Gerald Adewole, said promotion of Nigerian dress culture would engender enormous socio-political and economic benefits to the nation, which would serve as a veritable tool for identity, integration, unity and cultural diplomacy.
He called on the citizenry to patronise made in Nigeria dresses instead of foreign ones, stating that it would help in resuscitating the country’s comatose textile companies.
“Nigerian dresses fall under the cultural and creative industry and this sector, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy, has the capacity to generate employment, create wealth and alleviate poverty.”
Mohammed expressed government’s determination in creating the enabling environment for the cultural, creative and textile manufacturing industries in the nation to thrive.
The Executive Secretary and CEO of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Professor Barclays Ayakoroma called for the reorientation of the citizenry on the need to place value on indigenous style of dressing adding that this will not only contribute to reviving the moribund textile industries in the country but would contribute to national socio-economic development.
He lamented that the patronage of foreign dress culture have contributed to the moribund state of textile industry in Nigeria hence the need for increased campaign that would promote patriotism in the people through dress culture.
He said the government is working on ensuring that the cultural heritage did not go into extinction.