Artistes seek bet­ter deals for Nige­ri­ans

Weekly Trust - - Entertainment - Ab­bas Ji­moh

Top Nige­rian mu­si­cians have urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to do more for the cit­i­zens as this has di­rect and in­di­rect bear­ing on the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The artistes made the plea dur­ing a mu­sic con­cert tagged ‘Unit­ed4­food Mu­sic Con­cert’ or­gan­ised in La­gos by Ox­fam in Nige­ria, specif­i­cally for the in­cre­ment in the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion to agri­cul­ture sec­tor in the 2018 bud­get.

Celebri­ties in­clud­ing Sound Sul­tan, Vec­tor, Nin­iola, Har­rysong, Lami Philips and Ill­b­liss among oth­ers, urged the gov­ern­ment to ‘Walk the Talk’ by putting money “where our mouth is” by in­creas­ing the amount of bud­get that goes to agri­cul­ture.

Speak­ing dur­ing the con­cert, OX­FAM’s brand am­bas­sador, Sound Sul­tan, said that 70 per­cent of Nige­ria’s poor live in ru­ral ar­eas and de­rive their liveli­hood from small-scale agri­cul­ture.

“In­vest­ing in agri­cul­ture re­mains the most vi­able way for the coun­try to achieve an eco­nomic re­vival and sus­tain­able and inclusive na­tional de­vel­op­ment. So, ef­forts to be made in fight­ing hunger must pri­or­i­tize agri­cul­ture and cli­mate change adap­ta­tion. The agri­cul­ture sec­tor de­serves the at­ten­tion that was given to Abuja air­port run­way,” he said.

He said his mis­sion as Ox­fam good­will am­bas­sador is to de­ploy mu­sic as a weapon against hunger. He urged Nige­ri­ans and gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to in­vest in agri­cul­ture to en­sure food se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

Sul­tan said The United for Food Mu­sic Con­cert was part of their ef­forts to in­spire Nige­rian youths to be­come ac­tive cit­i­zens and de­mand ac­count­abil­ity from our lead­ers adding that as we pre­pare for the 2018 fis­cal year, the gov­ern­ment should en­sure that no one go to bed hun­gry in 2018.

The con­cert, which is a brain­child of OX­FAM, was tar­geted at in­spir­ing Nige­rian youths to be­come ac­tive cit­i­zens and de­mand ac­count­abil­ity from their lead­ers.

Head of Pub­lic En­gage­ment and In­flu­enc­ing, Ox­fam in Nige­ria, Ab­du­lazeez Musa, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was us­ing the con­cert to reach out to a tar­get group that is hard to reach.

“We know their in­ter­est is mu­sic and the Nige­rian mu­sic to­day is the in thing. Any­where you go is Nige­rian mu­sic. So we are us­ing it as an en­try point to drive home our mes­sage to get a tar­get pop­u­la­tion that we want, you know th­ese are the pop­u­la­tion that also have the power to pres­sur­ize the gov­ern­ment who also have ac­cess to th­ese pol­icy mak­ers so that they can also talk to them,” Musa said.

Sound Sul­tan and other artistes per­form­ing at the event

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