Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf has assured movie practitioners, content owners and producers in the creative and entertainment industry of a modern and conducive atmosphere for producing their movies and creative contents in the State.
The commissioner said that with the proposed Lagos Film City, to be located at Ejirin in Epe Local Government Area of the State, filmmakers are assured of better filming experience in their movie productions.
The ground breaking will take place this year.
Akinbile-Yussuf made this known while presenting the account of stewardship of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration in the tourism and entertainment sector in the last two years at the Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, adding that the administration is passionately committed to the growth and expansion of the creative industry.
The commissioner, who affirmed that better days that will herald seamless movie production experience awaits content creators, movie makers and producers in the State also urged practitioners in the film and movie industry to leverage on the Film City initiative to carve a solid niche for themselves and take possible advantage of the proposed facility to improve their content and production by the time it becomes a reality.
She said: “100 hectares of land has been acquired for this purpose in Ejirin area of the State. Preliminary discussion with the private sector under a PPP arrangement is ongoing. This initiative will boost and develop the movie and entertainment industry and we urge everyone to come on board and support this dream.
“The idea behind this Film City is to provide a place for film makers where film production can be carried out without public interferences.”
Akinbile-Yussuf stated that the state government is determined to transform the entertainment and tourism sector by ensuring that all opportunities are appropriately harnessed, even as she called for partnership from the private sector to assist in actualizing the dream.