Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, says Nigeria’s culture, creative, hospitality and tourism sector holds the potential to be at the world top for creativity and tourism.
He said this at the 2021 African Statistics Day celebration with the theme: “Modernising National Statistical Systems to support Socio-Cultural Development in Africa” in Abuja.
According to him, Nigeria has a large and creative youth population, the world’s second-largest movie-producing industry, Africa’s most prominent music industry and a rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Agba said that the Federal Government had put in place a National Policy for Culture and currently implementing several intervention programmes for the socio-cultural development of the country through the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
He said that the 2021 celebration was in line with an aspect of the vision of the Federal Government, which was devoted to raising awareness on the importance of credible statistical production processes and the usage for evidence – based policy formulation.
He therefore urged users and producers of statistics in Nigeria to establish a strong synergy to ensure that data produced were relevant and useful.