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The Nollywood industry has been assured of adequate security by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr. Anayo Uzuegbu, in line with Dr. Peter Mbah administration’s determination to make the state premier destination for business, investment, tourism, and living.
He offered the assurance when Nollywood producers led by the Chairman of the Enugu State Tourism Board visited in the course of their tour of film-shooting facilities and locations in the state.
‘I can assure you that the security concerns have been seriously dealt with due to the support given to the State Police Command and other security agencies by the current administration to rid Enugu State of criminal elements. That is the crackdown on crime and criminality you must have been reading in the papers.
‘I was also opportune to launch the pilot scheme of the Distress Response Squad last August. The full complements of the DRS, which is being set up by the governor, will comprise well over hundred hi-tech patrol vehicles with security surveillance cameras capable of facial and number plate recognition. From the Command and Control Centre, which the government has almost completed, we will monitor the entire state and be able to deploy security resourses to preempt and solve crimes with ease at the speed of light’, he stated.
Also speaking when he took the Nollywood producers and the state tourism board on a tour of the facilities of the Enugu State Television (ETV), including the studios, the Managing Director of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, ESBS, Mr. Ladi Akeredolu-Ale, assured of the readiness of the organisation to partner with the Nollywood through the provision of quality studios and sets for movie productions.
He said the Mbah administration was determined to turn around the facilities in line with the government’s policy to convert the state’s dormant assets to productive assets.
The Executive Chairman of the State Tourism Board, Dame Rita Mbah, said the tour, which took the Nollywood producers to other locations like the Nike Lake Resort, Ezeagu cave, waterfall and lake, Enugu Unity Park, and the historic state secretariat complex, among others, was part of the build-up to not only restore the state’s position as the home of Nollywood, but also the Nigerian creative industry in line with Governor Mbah’s $30 billion economy target.
‘We all know the worth of the Nollywood and the potential of the creative industry, which is one of the key sectors to drive this expected $30 billion growth target.
‘If you check the governor’s manifesto, he has plans to build the Enugu Films and Movies Academy for training and upskilling our people in various aspects of the film industry. He plans to build the Enugu Film City that will compete with the best in the world.
‘That is how serious he is about this aspect of the creative industry.
‘For a start, we want to ensure that Nollywood returns to their home, Enugu State; and they have seen our facilities and locations. They have seen government policies and programmes and what the governor is doing with infrastructure, security, and other enablers. They are highly impressed and encouraged,’ she stated.