The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has stressed the importance of operationalising all the bilateral agreements between Nigeria and other counties, particularly in cultural sector with a view to deriving the maximum benefits that the sector offers.
Alhaji Mohammed stated this in Abuja on Friday when he received the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Mr. Bernard Schlagheck on a courtesy visit to his office.
The Minister explained that signing bilateral agreements is critical to forging global relations and alliances towards the development of the cultural sector but focus should be on actualizing the content of the agreements for the mutual benefit of the signatories.
“When you look at the plethora of memoranda of understanding and bilateral cooperation we have with various governments, there are so many and it appears that we do not do anything after we have signed these agreements. These agreements are good to be signed but then I think that more importantly they should be operative,” he stated.
The Minister therefore directed the composition of a working committee in the ministry to liaise with the German Embassy in order to map out concrete guidelines for collaboration between the University of Frankfurt and the Nigerian Commission for Museums and Monuments for the promotion and preservation of the Nok Terracotta and culture.
Alhaji Mohammed commended German’s support for the cultural sector in Nigeria and described the request to restore the Nigerian old films “Sharhuma” and exhibit it at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017 as welcomed idea while also appealing to Germany to extend similar gesture to other old Nigerian movies.
“It is the kind of passion that Germany has demonstrated towards our cultural relationship which is quite encouraging,” he said.
In his remarks, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Schlagheck said Culture is an important component of German’s international relations and empahasised the country’s readiness to impact positively on the development of various indigenous cultures in Nigeria.
Mr. Schlagheck who disclosed that he just resumed office barely five weeks ago and is still familiarizing himself with the country, said he is impressed by the depth of bilateral relations between Nigeria and German particularly in the cultural sector.