Provost of the Federal College of Education,Okene Associate Professor Ajayi Iyela has admonished government at level in Nigerian to development visual arts and tourism potentials as a viable alternative means of revenue.
Professor Iyela made the statement yesterday at the 3-Day international workshop for visual teachers in Nigeria held in Okene.
The Don said with necessary motivations and encouragement art marketing and parading could be an alternative source of income generation for the nation and states.
He said teachers handling art studies in colleges and institution should be mandated to produce marketable arts for sales outside the outcry.
He cited an instance where old traditional wears and costumes were offered for sale and the nation made millions of naira from them in United state of America.
Prof Iyela called on the federal and state government to construct modern art gallery and laboratory for all institutions offering arts as main main course as a way to boast the industry.
‘As a matter of fact arts exhibition and marketing could also be another source of revenue for a government at all level in the country.
He announced that the FCE Okene was choose as the venue of the international workshop because of the availability of modern art studios and equipments.
He commended the national art gallery for organising the workshop and for deeming his institution fit to host it.
Earlier the Director General of the National Art Gallery Dr Abdullahi Muku noted that the workshop is to enlighten and broden the knowledge of Visual art teachers in Nigeria.
He called on stakeholders to encourage the teaching and learning of both visual and creative art study in Nigeria.
The workshop was attended by teachers of arts accross the country.