By Nkiru Ifeajuna
Lagos, Jan. 20, 2019 (NNN) A professional DJ, Peter Nwafor, popularly known as “DJ Peezy’’ has appealed to the Federal Government to use arts and culture as a capacity development for Nigerian youths.
Peezy told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Lagos that the arts and culture sector was the largest employer of labour in any country and could keep the youth busy.
“Government has a responsibility to educate the youth and in doing this, it has to provide materials for them that they can use to teach themselves new things.
“Nigerian youths are hungry for training in various fields so that they can better themselves, and become self- reliant,’’ he said.
“The youth should be engaged in promoting what we have and document their works.
“Government needs to publish a lot of materials of what we have in arts and culture so that people will know and appreciate them,’’ he said.
He said that DJs needed good libraries where they can keep their works, saying: “ We need space and our table is costly, it goes for over N500, 000.
“That is the complete set, but those who do not have the money, buy laptops which are also costly,’’ he said.
Peezy said that grants from the Federal Government would provide a baseline of value to the music and keep it evergreen for many years to come.
“Instead of inviting people from abroad to teach us or build these things for us, government should train the youth to do it themselves.
“Many of our DJs can stand up to those abroad, all we need is more training and grants,’’ he said.
He also called on corporate bodies to help in the capacity development of the arts and culture sector.
“There is a lot of money in arts and culture; this is what we fail to understand as a people.
“Let the Federal Government and private sector sponsor more competitions for artists to recognise their importance.
“When Nigerian culture gets exported, we will be losing money because it will not be properly guided and documented.
“These are areas we want government to also look into to help us and the nation too to earn good money,’’ he said. (NNN)
Edited by Fela Fashoro/Peter Dada
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