Culture Ministry reportedly allocates N290m for solar lights in Minister’s hometown

By Innocent Raphael

The Ministry of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy has reportedly allocated N290 million for the installation of solar street lights in Musawa Local Government Area (LGA), the hometown of the current minister, Hannatu Musawa.

According to a report by Daily Trust on Wednesday, the project was part of the ministry’s 2024 budget, which was signed by President Bola Tinubu in January.

It was also disclosed that in addition to the allocation, the ministry’s budget includes N3.7 billion dedicated to “research and development.”

Other notable budget items include N98 million for a “Nigerian pavilion” at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in France and N150 million for the establishment of an “art culture information desk” at the Abuja International Airport.

The report also stated that about N26 million has been set aside for miscellaneous expenses, including refreshments and publicity.

Reacting to the development, many Nigerians have criticized the revelations, calling for a proper appraisal and authentication of the budget.

The Ministry of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy was established by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to foster growth in Nigeria’s creative economy.

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