- Otunba Gani Adams has called on the federal government to relief Alhaji Lai Mohammed of his role as minister for Culture
- He said fusing the ministry with the ministry of information has caused serious retrogression to the sector
- Adams said this while announcing the commencement of this year’s Olokun festival
The national coordinator of Odua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, has urged the federal government of Nigeria to take ministry of culture from the office of the minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Adams who is also the chief promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, said that the present arrangement of fusing the ministry with the ministry of information has caused serious retrogression to the sector.
“The government should make ministry of culture independent. They should take it away from Alhaji Lai Mohammed because the arrangement is not working. If we are keen on promoting our culture, the government should as a matter urgency make it independent and give it the necessary attention and funding that it deserves,” he said.
Adams disclosed this in Lagos during a press conference held at Knight Bridge Hotel, Toyin street, Ikeja, to announce the commencement of this year’s Olokun Festival.
Speaking at the festival, Adams said: “The Olokun Festival Foundation has become an important tourist and local attraction and this I make bold to say, may not be largely unconnected with the agility and efforts of the organisers of the festival to sustain in our people, their respect for deities.
"It is our collective obligation as a people to ensure that our culture is sustained and Olokun Foundation , through its annual celebration of Olokun Festival among other activities geared towards the promotion of our culture."
Adams used the opportunity to appreciate Governor Akinwumi Ambode for honouring the late Obafemi Awolowo by erecting his state in the state.
“I like to thank the Lagos state government for the honour done the Yoruba nation by immortalising our adored, celebrated, forever -living leader and symbol of our struggle for a just an ideal society, Chief Obafemi Awolowo whose statue was erected at the LTV 8 end of Agidingbi Road, in Ikeja last week.
“It is an honour well deserved and the government deserves a huge commendation for this initiative.I will at this juncture implore those who have been criticising the features of the statue, to rather focus on the laudable motive of the Lagos state government for immortalizing the late sage," he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that while speaking on Africa Independent Television's (AIT) current affairs programme 'Focus Nigeria', Lai Mohammed revealed why despite the “revolution” witnessed in the agricultural sector, the cost of food items remains high.
The minister of information and culture said it was because of infrastructural deficit and export demands.
How Lai Mohammed 'sold' Nigeria - on NAIJ.com TV.