We’ll re­vive na­tion’s econ­omy — FG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Lat­i­fat Opoola

The Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed, has re­as­sured of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s plan to re­vive the na­tion’s econ­omy.

He spoke yes­ter­day while re­ceiv­ing the Ja­pa­nese Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, in Abuja.

Al­haji Mo­hammed said there were 34 pri­or­ity ac­tions to be im­ple­mented in the 2016 bud­get, some of which he listed as in­creas­ing low in­ter­est lend­ing to the real sec­tor, im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures to achieve self-suf­fi­ciency and be­com­ing a net ex­porter of cer­tain agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

He also as­sured that by the end of 2016, Nige­ria would achieve self suf­fi­ciency in tomato, rice by 2018 and wheat by 2019, in ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing lo­cal pro­duc­tion of maize, soya, poul­try and live­stock, among oth­ers.

‘‘Those who think we do not have an eco­nomic plan have not taken the pains to check out our plan, we are work­ing to re­flate the econ­omy, pro­vide more jobs, in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture, power, rail­ways and roads and by so do­ing create the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for in­dus­tries to thrive,’’ he said.

The min­is­ter wel­comed an of­fer by the Ja­pa­nese am­bas­sador to as­sist in de­vel­op­ing the ca­pac­ity of Nige­rian film pro­duc­ers on an­i­ma­tion and chil­dren’s films.

‘‘We don’t have enough films for chil­dren in Nige­ria, and we run the risk of our chil­dren watch­ing films that are in­ap­pro­pri­ate for their ages and moral up­bring­ing,’’ he said, adding that while Nige­rian film mak­ers were not lack­ing in creativ­ity, the tech­nol­ogy for an­i­ma­tion posed a chal­lenge.

The Ja­pa­nese en­voy ex­pressed in­ter­est in col­lab­o­rat­ing with the min­istry on cul­tural ex­changes, say­ing he would want Nige­rian movies shown in Ja­pan and Ja­pa­nese films shown in Nige­ria, in ad­di­tion to pro­mot­ing Ja­pa­nese cul­ture in Nige­ria.

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