The Minister of the federal Capital Territory (FCT), in Nigeria, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello says the FCT Administration would continue to provide an enabling environment that would promote entertainment industry in the territory.
The Minister who gave the assurance in Abuja when he received the Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe and his team who were on a courtesy visit said his interest in the Corporation grew after witnessing the last Zuma Festival held in Abuja.
The Minister, who said that the Corporation is doing well, added that the administration will continue to provide the needed environment for the success of its mandate.
The Managing Director, Dr Chidia Maduekwe solicited for partnership with FCT Administration for the annual hosting of the Zuma Film Festival.
He said the FCTA needed to hold the host status for the festival rather than the guest role it had played in previous events.
He particularly requested that the FCTA secure for use, the International Conference Centre Abuja for the week-long event scheduled to hold in December.
Dr. Maduekwe who described the Nigeria entertainment industry as robust, said “the creative industry is currently contributing 2.3 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and there is no reason why we cannot get to 10 per cent. It is possible and in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive to diversify the nation’s economy”.
He stressed the need to showcase Abuja as an entertainment destination in the film industry, adding that the Corporation is working to ensure that Nigeria is listed in the World Calendar of film festivals.
The Managing Director also proposed a quarterly training of youths in the FCT on various areas in the creative industry to ensure that they become self-reliant as well as employable.