Culture, Veritable Tool For Peace, Sustainable Development – Minister
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
tasked the Director Generals and Chief Executive Officers of agencies
in the Culture Sector to explore culture as a potent tool for
promoting peace and sustainable development in the country.
The Minister gave the challenge in Abuja on Tuesday when he received
the Director Generals and the Chief Executive Officers of the agencies
on a courtesy visit.
“In particular, I want to challenge you to explore and exploit the
possibility of using culture as a tool for peace and sustainable
development in our country. As you are aware, we are presently beset
with a myriad of social vices, including ethno-religious crisis,
banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, drug abuse and child trafficking.
“These problems are not unconnected to the breakdown in moral values
and increasing disregard for our cultural values,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed reminded the DGs and CEOs of the role of culture in
ensuring societal peace and sustainable development, as well as
strengthening international relations, which was at the core of this
year’s World Cultural Day with the theme “Culture for Sustainable
Peace and Development”.
He said that at the moment, the country needs cultural renaissance in
order to inculcate the values that promote peace and unity among the
The Minister, who said his reappointment is a mark of the confidence
reposed in him by the President and the appreciation of the modest
successes achieved by the ministry in the first term, urged the heads
of the agencies to gird their loins in readiness for more work, as the
Buhari Administration takes the nation to the Next Level.
In his remarks, the Leader of the delegation and the Director General
of the National Council For Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe,
said the DGs and CEOs came to congratulate the Minister and to thank
the President for re-appointing him as the Minister of Information and
“My colleagues from the Culture Sector said it has become necessary to
come and join you in celebrating and thanking God for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said, noting that this is the
first time a minister is being returned to his seat in this sector.
Other members of the delegation are the Acting Director Generals of
the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Mrs. Ndidi
Aimienwauu; National Gallery of Art, Dr. Simon Ikpakronyi; National
Institute For Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Momoh Kabiru; National
Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Aliyu Abdu and the Acting
Executive Secretary, National Institute For Cultural Orientation, Mr.
SA To Hon Minister of Information and Culture