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LASG to build film village in Epe

85 hectares of land in Ejirin, Epe Division of Lagos State has been earmarked for development as a Film Village.

This is to boost infrastructure for film production in further development of the entertainment sector.

Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf made this known at a news briefing to mark the one year anniversary of the present administration in the State.

According to the Commissioner, the Film Village which is a long term plan will be developed through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf said: “The good news we have for you today is that we have been able to secure 85 hectares of land at Ejirin in Epe Division of the State for film production. This will serve as an avenue to build and explore the entertainment sector bringing to fore the talents and creativity of entertainers alike”.

She said seven new cinemas were licensed last December , bringing the number of Cinemas in the State to 20.

While calling on film practitioners and other stakeholders in the industry to fulfill their obligations by obtaining necessary permits and documentation, Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf specified that monitoring and enforcement would continue to ensure standard practice.

The Commissioner who reiterated that the Sanwo-Olu administration would not relent in rendering support to the entertainment and tourism sector, as it remains one of the prioritized pillars in the development agenda of the administration, known as THEMES, advised stakeholders to play their part to enable the sector to bounce back from the adverse impact of Covid-19.

Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf listed various rehabilitation works carried out in museums and cultural centres across the State in the last one year and promised that the Heritage centre Onikan currently under construction would soon be completed to serve as a tourist destination and also complement other historical and cultural sites in Lagos

Omolara Omosanya

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