By Rashidat Akashat, Agency Reports
According to Nollywood actor cum Lagos State House of Assembly member, Desmond Eliot, the Federal Government should urgently flourish the entertainment sector to improve the nation’s economy.
Mr Eliot on Monday in Lagos told NAN that the sector had the full capacity of moving the country from recession if properly harnessed.
The Nollywood actor also said that entertainment contributed a considerable percentage to Nigeria’s GDP and could even do better, if there were deliberate policies to develop it
“ We all know that the fall in the international price of crude oil is taking its toll of the country`s economy and that is why we are having recession.
“The current situation would, however, have been avoided if we were running a diversified economy rather than the oil-dependent economy that we are having.
“That is why we need to turn to a sector like entertainment with enormous economic potential to grow the economy and move it out of recession.” He said
He went further to state that making the showbiz a viable entity like it’s done in America, China, India and the United Kingdom would give it an edge.
Support Entertainment Productions With Funds- Desmond Eliot
Stressing on the need to invest in the industry, “We need to support entertainment productions with funds. We need to support capacity building of practitioners; we need to create the right environment and build the infrastructure.”
“A viable entertainment sector would not only boost forex inflow and grow the economy, it will also help to create jobs,’’ he said.
He then clarified that the Government was taking a number of measures to promote and boost the earning of the entertainment sector.
The law maker stated that one measure by the government is the plan to build mega cinemas across the three senatorial zones, to restore the cinema culture and create more income for entertainers.
He also said hosting of continental awards like AFRIMA in the state was another way the government was rendering support to the growth of the sector.
Elliot then said that the government had sponsored a number of film projects, and was developing entertainment infrastructure across the different councils for the growth of the sector.