PlateauÂ State Governor, David Jonah Jang has restated commitment of his government to strengthen the existing bond between the state and the Nigeria Film Corporation, NFC.
This, the governor said,Â was necessary because the film industry stands as one of the fastest growing revenue earners for both the state government and the nation in general, especially with the international exploit of Nollywood.
Jang however challenged Nigerian film makers to champion the re-branding of the country through their films insisting, â€œThe country has been portrayed mostly in bad light through the kind of films they produce.â€
He said the situation where â€œidolatry seems to be taking centre stage in most Nigerian films was unacceptable.â€ Instead, â€œfilm makers in the country must realise that immorality is an absurdity in our cultureâ€ which explains why â€œsince the Nollywood started, western films have been on the decrease in our markets and even internationallyâ€, he argued.
Governor Jang was speaking when newly constituted board members of the Nigeria Film Corporation, NFC, led by its chairman, Bongos Ikwue paid him a visit at government house, Rayfield, Jos, on October 8, 2009.
According to Jang, the Plateau Film City project which the State government donated a piece of land for was yet to take off and called on the new Board to accelerate the take off of the Plateau Film City project. He said the government and people of Plateau State have become proactive in ensuring that federal government establishments in the state are adequately assisted to achieve their mandates.
Speaking earlier, chairman of the board, Bongos Ikwue said they were in Jos to identify with the government of Plateau state as the host state to the NFC. Ikwue called on the governor to approve the implementation of the various promises to the Nigerian Film Corporation so as to fast track the development of the film agency.
Ikwue dispelled insinuations that NFC headquarters had been relocated out of Plateau State, saying that â€œNFC has come to stay in Plateau state and there is no plan of moving the Corporationâ€™s headquarters.â€