Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reassured of the federal government’s plan to revive the West African country’s economy, Footprint to Africa reports.
He spoke 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.