ADEBIMPE Akinsola, Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Arts and Culture, has disclosed that all entrepreneurs and artisans can access the State Employment Trust Fund recently inaugurated by the present administration.
Akinsola disclosed this todayat the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa while speaking at a Public Lecture organised by the Lagos State Arts and Culture to mark Y2016 World Culture Day themed, “Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in the Nigerian Creative Industry with Particular Focus on Employment Generation”.
She noted that the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund is saddled with the mandate of providing loans to start up entrepreneurs, artisans, inventors among others with good business ideas/proposals and enjoined all to take advantage of the initiative.
According to her, the Ambode led administration is strongly committed to exploring all prospects for tackling the issues of poverty alleviation, wealth creation and youth unemployment.
“A clear demonstration of this resolve is today’s event which will afford participants to benefit from the nuggets that would be delivered by the GUEST LECTURER, Prof. Tunde Babawale, Dean of Student Affairs, University of Lagos, Akoka and for them to also have the opportunity to showcase their products for free at the exhibition”, she said.
The Special Adviser said that the State Government has strengthened the capacity of the State Council for Arts and Culture to respond and serve the interests of all stakeholders.
Akinsola averred that it is in fulfilment of the UNESCO declaration that the State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, through the Council, is hosting the lecture to sensitize and call attention of Lagosians to the wealth of opportunities that can be explored in creative enterprise by bringing stakeholders and interested individuals together to rub minds for the purpose of charting the way for culture industry to thrive in the state.
According to her, “Now is the time for the nation to fully explore the potentials and prospects of the cultural and creative industries to earn more revenue for government and address the soaring unemployment challenge. With the right policies and programmes, the creative industries hold the key to unlocking of the abundant advantages in our cultural landscape”.
It will be recalled that the World Culture Day was set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to draw attention of humanity to the importance of culture and creative endeavour. It is also a special day for the promotion of arts and cultural values and their preservation.
— May 30, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT