The Minister for State, Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, has revealed the administration’s plans to transform all cultural sites in Abuja to tourists destination for revenue generation.
The Minister stated this at the flagging off ceremony of the Aje’Sinda Cultural and Community Empowerment Scheme in Ushafa, a community in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Dr Aliyu pledged her commitment to ensure the preservation of cultural heritage of the people of FCT.
She congratulated the women and youths of the community and promised to replicate same for all the tribes in the FCT, to ensure that women and youths can have a wider means of livelihood thus, creating job opportunities which according to her is critical in the ‘Next Level’ agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration.
“All cultural sites in Abuja will be made tourists destination for revenue generation as many nations have tourism has their mainstay.”
it would be Recalled that the Minister, visited a cultural site in Jabi Lake in preparation for new innovation that would also serve as revenue generation.
for her part, President and founder of Helpline Foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, who described Aje’Sinda as the unique cultural heritage identification of the Ushafa people, said “it’s gradually going extinct.”
She said the type of weaving done by the Aje’Sinda group in Ushafa, can hardly be seen in the market except for the imitation, as such, needs to be encouraged to avoid going into extinction.
“Since this man was identified as the only custodian of how this fabric is been made, we then brought him out to teach others so as to preserve that unique one and also teach others on how to make it in a commercial quantity so as to make a living from it.”
Aje’Sinda is a project designed to empower women and youths through vocational training.