The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to pay necessary attention to the creative industry and assist the sector to attract funds for development.
The governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, also said he would facilitate the building of a film village in the state if elected the state governor.
They spoke in Lagos along with the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi, when they held a meeting with members of the creative industry including actors, producers and directors.
Atiku said, “I’m totally supportive of the industry to make it a big supplier of prosperity in the country. I’m also committed to appointing industry professionals within you to head relevant agencies that concern you such as the copyright agency, and the National Film and Video Censors Board.
“Of course, it goes without saying that if we want to promote this industry, we have to make sure you have access to funding, whether from the government or private sector. This industry has the capacity to make billions of dollars in income.”
Obi also promised to take the creative industry to a higher level.
“I want you to look at the background and the brand of who is promising you things. If you look at the candidates, the only one that comes from the private sector is Atiku. He understands business and finance. The creative industry is the second biggest in terms of production but when it comes to revenue, they are not up to top 50. But we would work towards making you the top 10. If there’s anybody who can promise and deliver, it is Candidate Abubakar,” he said.
In his speech at the event, Agbaje promised to build a film village in the state, if elected governor.
He said, “For nearly 20 years, some people have been promising a lot of things such as film villages but they have not done it. I promise you that come May 2019, the PDP administration will deliver on it. We will also have music schools and other things because if the economy of Lagos is not diversified, we won’t have jobs for our young ones.”
Other personalities at the event were Senate President Bukola Saraki; a former Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke; Fred Amata, Charles Novia, Teco Benson, Rykardo Agbor and Victor Osuagwu, among others.