Former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Tuesday urged the Nasarawa State Government to revive the cultural festivals in the state in order to promote peace among the communities.
Mr Maku, a 2015 governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the state, made the call while speaking with newsmen in Wakama in Akun Development Area of the state.
According to him, the promotion of cultural festivals of the various tribes in the state would promote peace and boost the state’s internally generated revenue.
The former minister urged the state government to emulate Egypt in developing its tourism sector.
“Egypt is getting more money from the tourism sector than it gets from oil. So let us promote our cultural festivals.
“Cultural festivals among the various ethnic groups will promote unity. Peace is the necessary requirement for the development of any society. Peace is priceless and non-negotiable.
“Cultural festival will generate huge income for the state, considering our closeness to Abuja. People will come, watch and spent money during the events if properly organised,” he said.
Mr Maku, however, promised to revive the state cultural festival if elected into power in 2019.
The former minister also renewed call for the restoration of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal in order to resolve many traditional issues in the state.