NFC set to build an audiovisual centre in Abia, performs foundation laying ceremony

The Nigeria Film corporation on Sunday performed a ground breaking ceremony for it's cinematography centre in Asaga Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government  Area of Abia State. 

The project when completed is expected to serve as an audiovisual resources development centre, film entrepreneurial digital hub and a film village. 

The Senator Representing Abia North district and the Senate Chief Whip, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, who performed the foundation laying for edifice said the project was part of the Federal Government's resolves aimed at developing the South East through several ongoing projects across the zone.

Kalu, who was represented by a retired Permanent Secretary in Abia State, Rev. Mrs Jemima Ola Kalu,  enjoined the people of the state to continue supporting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its bid to fast tract development of the country.

The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Nigeria Film corporation Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, said the project was sited in Ohafia because of its rich historical story telling culture.

He revealed that the audiovisual centre was designed to provide innovative skills and training in trades like sewing, shoe and bag making hair dressing and information technology.

He added that the centre would also train film related organizations in Film production and the use of equipment; provide private and public organization in film skills trade and manpower.

He said, "Today is 2-1-22 it's sounds like a code number, I think it's a code number. The code number is saying that it's time for us to reinvent, restore, realign ourselves for the deginity of man in Abia state.

"The project we are celebrating today is key to the economic development of the state because first of all Ohafia is an area that is inbuilt with a lot of cultural capability. If you know the history of this area, you will know that it's an area with a lot of story telling. In story telling one needs to learn about the capacity to produce the narrative that's it's associated with it.

"It's an area whereby children as a habit will always have their parents tell them stories before going to sleep. Also the diversity of this locality again makes it possible that if we put an audiovisual centre here it will be beneficial not just to the South East alone, but also to our neighbours in the South-South States because of the prosiminty we have with some States in the geo-political region.

The project is already realizable because it's been appropriated for, we must thank the honorable minister of Information ALH. Lai Mohammed and the National Assembly that has made the budgetry provision. We are starting with the 2021 budgetry provision already captured in the 2022 budget and even the five year rolling plan is all captured.

"It just like any other government institution, it will be captured on yearly basis. Besides I also want to let you know that our funding partners particularly the French and Germans are interested because we are handling the film intreprenual hub and those relationships with our foreign partners demands that the Nigerian economy is supported by training  young people, migrating our youths from unemployment to where they are wealth creators.

"This is an important project that's dear to the Federal Government and also dear to the heart of our funding partners. Recently Nigerian Communication Commission expressed interest to partner with us in building the intreprenual hub in the six geo-political zone and Abia is one of them and where we  laid the foundation today is one of those centres. I do know that government's interest in the creativity sector means that it's well funded and appropriated for".

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