Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed the commitment of his administration to make the state a hub of the creative industry across the globe.
LACI is a partnership project between the state government and Africa Film Academy.
Sanwo-Olu affirmed that the state government is committed to achieving its 30 years development plan which it recently unveiled at Lagos Economic Summit, 2022 Ehingbeti.
According to him, “One of my administration’s priorities, outlined in the development plan is to commence the construction of the first African Film City at the Epe axis of the state.”
The governor restated his administration’s commitment to collaborate with stakeholders in the entertainment industry to train, retrain and acquire skills that would create an ecosystem to give livelihood to creative minds.
He said his government would ensure it uses entertainment and tourism to connect with the future so that Lagos can be a one stop shop in the world, urging the graduands to harness the opportunities provided in the platform to ensure a better and greater Lagos as well as take the country to an enviable position.
Sanwo-Olu stressed “governance is all about providing opportunity for the youth population, my administration has continued to leverage on this strength to ensure the youths are equipped with adequate skills set for a better tomorrow.
“Once government sees a need and you identify people who have the skills for providing those needs and we bring ourselves together, we can create the leaders of today that are of the future but today they are also eyeing to become great leader of our country and I am happy you are part of the ecosystem of young enterprising Lagosians that we are empowering.
“We are convinced that the future of this state and country lies in your hand and the least we can do is to equip you, to give you the opportunity to prepare you for that future and for you to have positive change about our country.
“And we know the creativity industry is one of the industries that we can use to leapfrog our citizens so that they can be global players.
“This is why I am happy that we are exploring entertainment and tourism to be able to connect the future we have seen today.
“For us this event presents our administration another opportunity to thank you for further confirming that we are on the right track , we are on the path that the greater Lagos that we talk about is not just about us, but you”, he said.
Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, congratulated the graduands and pledged that she would continue to monitor their growth and assist them to produce competent creative works in the industry.
Akinbile-Yusuf, also said the concept had been expanded to develop the arts and culture for optimum performance to stimulate economic growth, skills and job creation to bridge the gap in the state creative industry.
Also Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, African Movie Academy Award, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, says although the mandate was to train 600 but it eventually trained about 890 students from Epe, Alimosho as well as Badagry.
She also said some of the students had gotten jobs already as they were also taught the business angle with the creative side and during the period of empowerment they made films.
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