Kano seeks fair im­ple­men­ta­tion of N3bn Nol­ly­wood grant

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ibrahim Musa Giginyu, Kano

Fol­low­ing the re­cent in­au­gu­ra­tion of a com­mit­tee to re­view the N3 bil­lion Nol­ly­wood grant by the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Mrs. Kemi Adeo­sun, Kano State has stated that un­less the im­ple­men­ta­tion was eq­ui­table and fair to all Nige­ri­ans, its full value and im­pact might be a mi­rage.

Speak­ing to news­men in Kano, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Kano State Cen­sor­ship Board, Malam Isma’il Na’abba Afakallah, said Kan­ny­wood as vast as it had not been given its fair share of a lot of in­ter­ven­tions made for the movie sec­tor.

“Nol­ly­wood is po­si­tioned as the sec­ond world’s largest pro­ducer of video movies with about 2,000 ti­tles be­ing pro­duced per an­num and a record from the Na­tional Film and Video Cen­sors Board (NFVCB) in­di­cates that about 33% of the an­nu­ally pro­duced Nol­ly­wood films orig­i­nate from Kan­ny­wood.

“Yet, the im­ple­men­ta­tion record of the two ini­tial com­po­nents of Project ACT’s train­ing and pro­duc­tion pro­grammes show neg­li­gi­ble num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries from Kan­ny­wood. For ex­am­ple, 247 prac­ti­tion­ers ben­e­fit­ted with only 59 from Kan­ny­wood; 7 train­ing in­sti­tu­tions are ear­marked for as­sis­tance with only one lo­cated within Kan­ny­wood do­main. We also sus­pect that the in­no­va­tion dis­tri­bu­tion record may be sim­i­lar,” Afakallah said.

The DG con­cluded that un­less the im­ple­men­ta­tion was eq­ui­table and fair to all Nige­ri­ans, the full value and im­pact of such a laud­able in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme might not add value to the to­tal­ity of the na­tion.

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