Nigerian Film Corporation partners NIPSS, film makers to attain mni

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Nigerian Film Coporation Boss, Dr Chidia Maduekwe with the Acting Director General of NIPSS, Mr. Jonathan Mela Juma

As part of his drive to reverence the business of filmmaking in Nigeria, newly appointed Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, has entered a partnership that will enlist filmmakers into the country’s policy formation cadre.

Maduekwe, who disclosed this to newsmen, explained that the partnership, which is between the NFC and National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, will earn motion picture practitioners’ nominations for its annual senior course programme, designed to empower participants on government’s critical development policies and implementation strategies.

The NIPSS is a policy formation center for bureaucrats, private sector leaders, Army officers, and medium-rank and senior civil servants. Most policymakers in Nigeria have attended the NIPSS; including former Nigerian Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida; former Director General of Nigeria Policy Study, Comrade Ajayi Olusegun, and anti-corruption campaigner, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

The agreement was reached during a courtesy visit by the NFC boss to the Acting Director General of NIPSS, Mr. Jonathan Mela Juma on Friday, May 26, 2017.

A release signed by Head, Public Affairs of the NFC, Mr. Brian Etuk, stated that, “As part of the decisions of the two federal government institutions, a Think-Tank National Conference on Nigeria’s Creative Industry has been scheduled to hold in the third quarter of the year.”

Etuk said participants at the conference to be jointly organised by NFC and NIPSS, which will hold at the latter’s institute in Jos, will be drawn from motion picture practitioners, scholars, researchers, relevant government and private institutions.

“The conference will provide government and other stakeholders, the opportunity and platform to design the national policy frame work for the sustainable development of the sector and bring it to par and even surpass other creative economies.”

Juma, in his presentation, was said to have acknowledged that the Nigerian creative industry, especially the motion picture sector has the capacity to change the narratives on Nigeria which has been classified as the single and fastest growing economy in Africa.

“Nigeria’s portraiture as a nation of hardworking and enterprising people should be promoted using the film medium,” he said, adding that “Motion picture production activities should be adequately supported in order to position it as next to agriculture in terms of income for government and as a window to boost employment across the country.”

The NIPSS boss endorsed the various initiatives being taken by NFC to reposition its subsidiary and training arm, the National Film Institute (NFI), with a promise to assist it with faculty resources to enhance learning and research in motion picture production.

During the meeting, the NFC chief also canvassed for federal and state government agencies to partner, design programmes and projects that will empower Nigerians sustainably, noting that the NFC was desirous of instituting enduring policy and strategic framework to aid the growth of the Nigerian motion picture industry.

The Nigerian film sector, Maduekwe said, was in dire need of the establishment of the proposed National Film Development Fund (NFDF) to provide a formal funding window for film production activities, just like other sectors of the nation’s economy.

 

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