By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has expressed willingness to create an enabling environment for the Nollywood industry to thrive in the Territory.
In particular, the FCTA said it remains ever ready to partner with the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) as it seeks to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Abuja, this November.
This assertion was made by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa when he r By Stanley Onyekwere
Local Education Authorities (LEAs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been enjoined to key into the new local education sector operational plan (LESOP) to improve education at the local level.
The Director of Administration and Finance (DAF), FCTA Education Secretariat, Mallam Umar Marafa, made the call during a one-day meeting for stakeholders consultation and validation of LESOP, at FCT level held for Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Abaji Area Council LEAs.
Marafa also called on stakeholders to validate and consult with each other and to come up with a document that would ensure delivery of quality education for FCT pupils at the local level.
Represented by the Director of FCT Scholarship Board, Alhaji Isah Rany, Director of Finance and Administration (DAF), urged participants to carefully study the document, as well as make input needed for the growth and development of the sector.
Also speaking, the Director, Department of Policy, Research and Statistics, in the Secretariat, Dr. Sani Mohammed Ladan, noted that the responsibilities of providing basic quality education lie on the LEAs.
Ladan observed that over the years, the department has not found it easy in the sector, due poor funding, lack of funding and bad administration.
He added that the meeting was aimed at correcting the challenge by bringing everybody together to discuss, brainstorm and to come up with a workable document. eceived members of the DGN and other prominent Nollywood actors and actresses, who paid a courtesy visit to the FCTA.
Ohaa said the FCTA had all the necessary departments that could collaborate with the Directors Guild of Nigeria effectively in its quest to take the industry to greater heights.
“We have different departments like the Abuja Film village, Centre for Arts and Culture, and even the FCT Archives that can collaborate with the Nollywood effectively.
“The Directors Guild of Nigeria can come to the FCT Archives to get a lot of information that they will use to add value to what they are doing.
“You are making Nigeria proud in the world entertainment space. Virtually most of you here are well known and a lot of Nigerians watch your films to ease the stress of living.
“We will create an enabling environment for the Nollywood industry to thrive in the FCT and the country at large.
“We are also going to collaborate with you to discuss with some private organisations that have relationship with FCTA to help sponsor some of your programmes,” he stressed.
Speaking earlier, the President of the DGN, Fred Amata stressed the need for more interface between government and the Nollywood industry in order to move the industry to the desired level.
Amata, who appealed to the government to create favourable policies for the industry, solicited the support of FCTA in the area of capacity building for artistes.
He said: “Government policies still needs to be better articulated to address challenges in the industry. We know that government recently, through the CBN, released huge money to the industry as a loan but it should be more than that.
“We need grants for the film industry to make it national project to make Nollywood capable of producing contents that can increase revenue for the country.
“DGN and its retinue of directors can boast responsibility for the biggest projects the industry started with, creating and nurturing the biggest actors, biggest structures, biggest engagements and creating the biggest icons the industry knows till date.”
Furthermore, he commended the FCT Administration for always supporting the industry, particularly in the establishment of the Abuja Film Village International and the staging of the annual Abuja Carnival.
Some notable actors who accompanied Amata for the visit included Segun Arinze, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kate Henshow , Tony Akposheri and Francis Duru, amongst others.