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FG plans $100bn expansion fund to promote, preserve Nigeria’s cultural heritage

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THE Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa-Musawa, has announced the establishment of a $100 billion economic expansion fund to promote and preserve the cultural heritage under President Tinubu’s administration.

The Director of Cultural Industry and Heritage, Musa-Musawa, represented by Rev. Ben Ugo, at the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival at the Ojude Oba Pavilion in Ijebu-Ode, emphasized the diverse cultural heritage of Nigerians and highlighted the government’s aim to transform the country into a cultural hub by 2030.

Furthermore, Musa-Musawa expressed that the annual Ojude Oba festival is being considered for inclusion on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Cultural Heritage list.

In his address, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, declared his administration’s commitment to elevating the Ojude Oba festival to a global platform.

He emphasized the festival’s evolution from a local gathering of Ijebu people to a major event attracting national and global audiences.

Governor Abiodun stressed that the festival, now a tourist attraction, symbolizes the unity and industrious nature of the people, reflecting their tradition and culture.

He further highlighted the festival’s impact on the development of Ijebuland, expressing the government’s dedication to supporting the initiative and making it a permanent fixture in the global tourism industry.

Additionally, the governor emphasized the festival’s role in fostering unity and progress in the region.

Acknowledging the potential for socio-economic development brought about by the event, the governor expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his interest in expanding the festival. He assured the commitment of his administration to providing a conducive environment for business growth and called for unity and collaboration in building a strong state.

The governor also underscored the government’s dedication to creating an enabling environment for community development across the state, soliciting support for the 20th National Sports Festival, Gateway Games, 2024, which will be partially hosted in Ijebu-Ode.

The Chairman of the 2024 Ojude Oba festival, Chief Olu Okuboyejo, has expressed appreciation to the governor for his support in the festival and acknowledged the enthusiastic participation of the people in the event.

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