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Don’t sell National Theatre – Reps warn FG

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The House of Representatives Committee on Tourism and Culture, yesterday, warned the Federal Government against selling the National Theatre located at Iganmu, Lagos State.

Omoregie Ogbeide, the Chairman of the House Committee on Culture and Tourism, issued the warning during an interactive session between his committee and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the National Assembly Complex.

He indicated that it was in the best interest of Nigerians, also promising to look into the the crisis between the Artistic Director of the monument and his personnel, should incase the Minister fail to address it.

Ogbeide-Ihama expressed concern over the neglect of the culture and toursim sector, adding that it was incumbent on the authorities to invest heavily in the sector in the quest to diversify the nation’s economy.

The minister, who presented his Ministry’s 2018 budgetary proposal of N2. 6 billion for the approval of the lawmakers, remarked that he had been able to provide the enabling environment for the culture and tourism sector to thrive.

He cited the five years tax incentive put in place for those that invest N100 billion in the creative industry, which comprise the film and music industry as an instance of government’s intervention.