The Minister of Information Sen. Patricia Akwashiki, on Wednesday assured the National Film Institute (NFI) of Federal Government’s support to generate employment for Nigerian Youths. Akwashiki said this when she delivered a speech at the 2014/2015 Matriculation of the Institute in Jos. She said the institute was established to offer theoretical and practical skills for film makers and intending film makers in Nigeria and abroad to enhance their contemporary understanding of film making.
“Its establishment was due to government’s realisation of the enormous role of the film industry not only as a tool for nation building but also as a vehicle for projecting our values. “ The film industry also serves as resource of wealth creation and employment generation,” she said. The minister said the Nigerian film industry was ranked second to the Indian film industry with estimated revenue of over one trillion naira in 2014 fiscal year.
“ In 2009, UNESCO rated Nollywood as the second biggest film industry in the world, the industry has projected Nigeria’s potential with the intend economic and social benefit to Nigeria,” she said. She, therefore, assured the stakeholders in the industry of the Federal Government’s determination to support the industry to generate revenue and employment to the Nigerian youths.
“ This administration, in an effort to improve our film industry, has created a 200 million dollars funds to help in financing film project. “ To enable our practitioners access the funds to improve the sector and with the admission of Nigeria into the world’s most prestigious international federation of film producers Association.
“With this development, support system including domestic and foreign windows of opportunities, will continue to receive appropriate endorsement by Government,” she said.
The minister, however, challenged the stakeholders in the industry to put in measures to check piracy. The Rector of the Institute, Mrs Christy Best, said running the school was very challenging due to the demand for film studies across Africa. “ There are many students that are interested but because of the inadequate facilities, we have to limit the number of admission.
“ So, we are looking forward to building our permanent site, where we can admit more students not only within Nigeria and Africa but across the world,” Best said.
Best also said the institute hoists a degree programme in film making. Also, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Institute, Dr Danjuma Dadu, expressed the institute`s determination to providing independent water system for the school.
Dadu said the institute had over the years produced employers of labour thereby reducing unemployment in Nigeria. “ We are creating job providers not job seekers,” Dadu said. He thanked the minister for the visit, and assured her of the institute`s determination to producing employers of labour to help address unemployment in Nigeria.