The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, has called for more funding of the nation’s cultural industry to fast track the diversification of the economy.
The Director Overseeing Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, Mrs Brigitte Yerima made the call in Abuja while speaking with Radio Nigeria on this year’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
Mrs Brigitte Yerima who described culture as a veritable means for national economic development identified inadequate funding as one of the factors hindering the growth of the sector over the years.
According to her, this year’s edition of the event is coming at a time when necessary attention should be paid to other sector that could contribute to the development of the nation’s economy.
Mrs Brigitte Yerima said NICO would continue to embark on programmes that would harness the country cultural heritage for national peace and economic development.
She therefore called for more public private sector collaboration towards repositioning the sector.
“World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a day set aside by UNESCO to appreciate cultural diversity of various ethic groups to foster peaceful coexistence in the society” she stated.
The Director therefore stressed the need for Nigerians to always appreciate one another in the area of values and culture to further enhance corporate existence of the country.