By Awayi Kuje
Lafia, Oct. 27, 2020 The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Information has assured the Gov. Abdullahi Sule-led administration of adequate support to boost culture and tourism in order to improve the state’s internally-generated revenue (IGR).
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Mohammed Omadefu, gave the assurance on Tuesday when officials of the ministry appeared before the committee for the 2020 budget assessment.
Naija247news reports that the officials were led by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Dogo Shammah.
Omadefu said that boosting culture and tourism in the state would not only improve IGR and employment opportunities in the state but would also improve the standard of living of the people.
He urged the commissioner and other management staffers of the ministry to remain committed to taking the ministry to greater heights, even as he assured them of necessary legislative support that would enhance the success of the Sule-led administration.
Also speaking, Mr Daniel Ogazi, a member of the committee and Chairman, House Committee on Education, urged the ministry and media organisations in the state to continue to educate the public on the policies and programmes of both the federal and state governments.
“You have to continue to educate the public on the policies and programmes of both the federal and state government, especially the various youth empowerment programmes.
“There are rumours on the social media that the Nasarawa State government’s COVID-19 palliatives are in the army barracks, whereas you and I know that this is not true.
“To the best of my knowledge, the state government has shared the palliatives which it received from the Federal Government among all the local governments. There is, therefore, the need for you to educate our people on this.
“I want to believe that you have all the video clips. It is your responsibility to educate the people of the state,” he said.
Speaking, the General Manager of Nasarawa Broadcasting Service (NBS), Mr Yusuf Musa, appreciated the lawmakers for their support for the activities of the organisation.
He, however, identified lack of outside broadcast van (OB Van) as one of the major challenges facing the broadcasting outfit.
Earlier, commissioner had said that government was doing everything humanly possible to boost the culture and tourism sector in the state.
“The process for the establishment of a film village in Farin- Ruwa water fall has reached an advanced stage, while the developments of Keana salt village and Akiri spring warm water, among other tourist centres, are also in progress.
“All these are aimed at boosting the state’s IGR and improve the standard of living of the people, and the governor is very passionate about them.
While appreciating the committee for paying particular attention to the activities of the ministry, Shammah called for its sustenance.