BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Salisu Na’inna Dambatta has announced that the Federal Government will be organising a workshop for stakeholders aimed at restructuring and reinvigorating Project ACT Nollywood in a statement issued on Friday.
Project ACT Nollywood is the N3billion grant programme established by former President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the main challenges affecting the growth of Nollywood.
According to Dambatta, “So far, the Project ACT Nollywood has implemented specialist training programmes in Nigeria and abroad in which 247 practitioners have been trained to improve their technical and professional capacities in the entertainment industry.
“Similarly, 113 film projects, employing 2,436 people, have been co-financed through grants from the fund at the cost of N799 million, while the Innovative Film Distribution Programme has been designed to support viable solutions in film distribution and the prevention of piracy.”
The workshop is convened by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and will be taking place on July 1, 2016. Kemi Adeosun has said that the ideas discussed during the workshop would be part of the inputs for restructuring the project to ensure its sustainability.
Representatives of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria, Directors’ Guild of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, National Film and Videos Censors Board, Nigerian Film Corporation and Nigerian Copyright Commission and other stakeholders of the Nigerian movie industry will be attending the workshop.