Edem Duke, the minister of tourism, culture and national orientation, weekend called for public and private partnership to boost the country’s tourism sector.
Duke made the call when he visited the permanent site of the National Council for Arts and Culture in Abuja.
He said the ministry would partner with private investors the same way it did toward rapid development of the National Theatre in Lagos.
Duke said that the centre would serve as a venue for the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2014, adding that it was also the hub of African cultural centre.
“One of the most important activities of World Economic Forum on Africa will be to attract the rest of the world to see arts, crafts and cultural attributes of Nigeria.
“Indeed to see a wide range of our creative industry and its expression. “And we have a mandate to develop a cultural village which will be able to showcase not just arts and crafts, drama, dance or fashion.
“But will also be a point where people will gather and enjoy themselves during the conference”, he added.
MAX AMUCHIE, Abuja