Heritage Bank Plc says it is stimulating economic diversification through support for the Nigerian creative industry towards sustainable, persistent growth as alternative to crude oil.
The Managing Director of the bank, Ifie Sekibo, stated this at the exhibition gallery of National Museum Benin by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in collaboration with the Edo State Government, and the Smithsonian Institute, United States of America, the lender said in a statement.
The exhibition focused on photographic works of Chief Solomon Alonge, photographer to the Royal Court of Benin kingdom during the reign of Oba Akenzua II.
Represented by an Executive Director of the bank, Mr. Jude Monye, Sekibo affirmed that “the art and culture industry has become one of the major contributors to so many countries’ gross domestic products and Heritage Bank is committed to supporting it because it is part of Nigeria’s heritage.”
According to him, Heritage Bank has continued to make efforts in supporting ideologies like this, through the use of arts as a tool to promote cultural awareness and to help younger Nigerians form a strong sense of National identity.
He assured the stakeholders that the bank would always be driven by cultural heritage in delivering distinctive financial services to create, preserve and transfer wealth.
In his presentation, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, called on states to emulate Edo in collaborating with the Federal Government to promote culture, tourism and arts.
The minister, who was represented by the Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Yusuf Usman, said synergy among corporate bodies, states and the Federal Government would guarantee diversification of Nigeria’s economy whilst showcasing its rich culture.
He commended Heritage Bank, Smithsonian Institute, US Embassy and others for the exceptional supports in making a huge success of the Exhibition Gallery at the National Museum Benin by the NCMM.