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FG urged to support Nollywood & economy

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By Timothy Akintola

Gbenga Daniels holds empowerment programmes for his senatorial campaign.

Nigeria’s movie industry has been on a global rise. As a result, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the former Governor of Ogun State has urged the Federal Government to properly control and fund the country’s film village. He noted that the Nollywood sector was an untapped mine, stating that it was a necessary step for the government to reposition the movie industry for perfect generation of revenue and immense benefits to all citizens.

This was revealed at an empowerment program which held as one of the schemes for his ward-to-ward tour in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State for his senatorial campaign. According to him, Ogun State was the biggest exporter of Nigerian entertainment, as well as a hub for global entertainment. With increased support from the government, the film and entertainment industry would enhance the creation of more jobs, as well as propelling economic development of the country.

NCAC must take control of Film Village for good funding.

Gbenga Daniels recalled how the late Ogunde’s impact as a pioneer and revolutionist of theatre art in Nigeria. He pointed that the widely acclaimed Nollywood was as a result of the initial success of Ogunde’s legendary exploits. He again stated that the entertainment that was being celebrated globally was rooted in the country and while entertainment talents like Wande Coal, Kizz Daniel and Laycon were to be shared all over the world, they were still products of Ogun State.

He then demanded that Ogun State be specially considered in the entertainment and development sector. He stated that the National Council of Arts and Culture must also take total control of the film village in Ososa for efficient funding. The former Ogun State Governor noted that while the Hollywood and Bollywood industries had been really monumental over the years in their generated revenues for America and India respectively and as such, Nigeria must also develop its entertainment industry to accrue huge profits.

Talents in the country could be harnessed towards curbing unemployment.

Another promise was made to push for the legislation and policies that would ensure the vibrancy and productivity of the entertainment industry. Nigeria could also emulate India and America whose film industries were contributing significantly to the countries’ economies. Gbenga Daniels suggested that the numerous talents in the country could be harnessed into curbing unemployment. He stated that the FG will be pushed towards supporting the emancipation of the film village in Ososa.

In other news, Daniel urged the Federal Government to focus on the provision of subsidized inputs for farmers and he promised to demand for relevant legislations for food subsidies when elected Senator. This remark was also made whilst Gbenga Daniels hosted numerous farmers in Ijebu Ode. The Ogun East Farmers Association had visited Gbenga Daniels to support his senatorial ambition and raise concerns over the aspects they need for facilitation.

Daniel solicited for investment in the agricultural sector.

On Ogun State also being an agricultural hub, Daniels stated that necessary investments must be facilitated towards the agricultural sector to enhance an increased food production. He used this opportunity as a means for soliciting the support of the local farmers for APC’s Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu during his ward-to-ward tour, freezers and generators were won. Other items like sewing machines, grinding machine were also won, with 15 indigent students securing scholarships.


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