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Take Advantage Of N500bn Intervention Fund, Minister Urges Artists

Lai Mohammed
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The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, during an unscheduled visit to the Artists’ village at the  National Theatre in Lagos urged them to take advantage of the  N500b intervention fund the government has set aside  in the 2016 budget.

In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP signed by the special assistant to the minister, Mr Segun Adeyemi, it said that the  minister promised to do everything possible to provide a conducive  environment for artists to thrive.

‘‘The Artists’ Village is here to stay,’’ the minister told the artists who welcomed him to the village, which has been  in the news in recent times after it was negatively affected by the general demolition of  shanties within the National Theatre complex.

‘’Arts and culture have placed Nigeria on the world map, perhaps  second only to sports. Nigeria’s work of arts are being celebrated  globally. It is the responsibility of the government to promote them.

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‘‘We’ll do everything to encourage the arts. Within our little  resources, we’ll make sure that arts thrive.’’

The minister assured them that this will be a new era of better rapport between artists and the ministry  as well as with the  management of the theatre.

The statement added that the minister also toured the village to see the  damage done to the works of some of the artists during the demolition  exercise. He also promised to assist those affected as soon as he received  the report detailing the losses they incurred during the demolition,  and after studying the report which he personally commissioned to find out what actually happened.


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