The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile Yusuf said that the State remained committed to the growth and development of the entertainment and tourism sector in the State.
At a press briefing organised to mark one year of the current administration, Akinbile-Yusuf stressed that the sector remains one of the prioritized pillars in the development agenda of the administration and would continue to receive adequate attention.
The Commissioner noted that Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board has in the last 365 days recorded an impressive level of progress in ensuring adequate monitoring, enforcement and censoring of film production, marketing and distribution across the state.
While calling on film practitioners and other stakeholders in the industry to fulfill their obligations by obtaining necessary permits and documentation, she specified that monitoring and enforcement is crucial in the film industry in order to curb the sale and distribution of uncensored and pirated films.
“This on its own is to boost the film industry by ensuring that film production are protected as an intellectual property”.
Uzamat Akinbile Yusuf also stated that the number of registered and licensed cinema in the State is now 20 with the addition of seven new ones in the last one year.
She said further that as part of effort to assist movie practitioners to gain legal financial support, the State Government also endorsed Messrs James Amuta Production Company Ltd and Lafrique Promedia Limited during the period under review.
The Commissioner expressed further the effort of the administration in bringing to a halt the deficit in film production infrastructure by designing the concept of Film Village.
According to her “The good news we have for you today is that we have been able to secure 85 hectares of land at Ejirin in Epe Division of the State for film production. This will serve as an avenue to build and explore the entertainment sector bringing to fore the talents and creativity of entertainers alike”.
She however made it known that the project is a long term project and the implementation arrangement is by Public Private Partnership. Hence, the State Government is calling on interested investors to key into the worthy project