Hon Segun Dokun Odebunmi, the lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Federal Constituency has facilitated an empowerment training program for members of his Constituency on Film Making and Cinematography for self-reliance.
Odebunmi, who is the chairman House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation Ethics and Values, said the training was part of his quest for human development.
In his opening remark, Hon Odebunmi said the event is one of the ways of encouraging the youths to think out of the box and make use of the technology advancement to create another source of income
“I grew up in this community and I know what majority of our people are passing through, especially now that the economy of the world is being challenged. People need multiple streams of income and I am making use of every opportunity to assist my people by training them on how to make use of their talents and make more money through entertainment,” Hon Odebunmi said.
He, however, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the National Assembly for the opportunity. He urged the participants to take the advantage to better their lots.
The lead speaker, Mr Maruff Ajibolu, charged participants to take the full complement of the training as Nigeria’s creative industries are slowly breaking new grounds and currently recognised as among the biggest globally.
This, he noted, led to its marking as a priority sector in the FGN’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan with a very high projected income over the coming years, adding that it also led the Federal government to grant most segments within the creative industries including Nollywood conditional access to pioneer status incentives, which, according to him, includes holidays from the payment of companies’ income taxes as well as withholding tax on dividends from pioneer profits for an initial period of three years.
A key player in the creative industry, Mr Muyiwa Ademola also hammered on the huge potential subsumed in cinematography and film making. While speaking with journalists, he said the event is a rare opportunity because it has always been either FG projects or CBN and World bank projects.
“It was designed to help people discover their talents and passion with the intent of turning it into a source of income,” Ademola said.
The training took place concurrently at Resource Centre, Igbo-Ile Surulere LG and Ajaawa Town Hall, Ajaawa, Ogo-Oluwa LG.
Other notable speakers at the event were Mr Yemi Ogunyemi, Mr Ojo Oluwatona and others.