Don advocates new cultural policy




ABUJA – Prof. Frank Ugiomoh of the Department of Fine Art and Design, University of Port Harcourt on Wednesday called for a new cultural policy to drive the creative sector.

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Ugiomoh said this at the investment forum organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) to mark the 7th edition of the African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo.

He said the new cultural policy should reflect protection for the country’s cultural property  and create room for collections of works from other civilisation.

According to him, there should be avenues whereby we can improve ourselves by appreciating what others have created.

“How many documentary libraries do we have of our past creations?  Where we have a number of sorts, do we have agenda to maintain them,’’ he asked.

He noted that the reviewed cultural policy should be able to address these questions and move the sector to greater height.

Ugiomoh said that arts remained the political tool that brings humanity together, adding that this realisation should be a turning point for the nation’s resolve to look inwards.

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Earlier, Mr Mawjim Maidugu, NCAC Executive Director, said that the forum was considered as a major tool to attain the ultimate goal of the expo.

Maidugu said the forum was intended to bring together producers, exhibitors, artists, designers, investors, marketers, scholars, experts and other relevant stakeholders to interact and share ideas on the way forward for the industry.

“The forum will strategise, improve standard and add value to the industry.

“Our ultimate goal is to have products that could position us at a comparative advantage in the global market.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the expo had witnessed an increased participation in the numbers of foreign countries and a declined in the numbers of states.

No fewer than 10 foreign countries participated in the 2013 edition as against 18 in 2014, while states dropped from 20 in 2013 to 12 in the first half of 2014. (NAN)

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