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Obaseki plans creative hub for Edo to boost entertainment

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo says his administration is collaborating with private and government organisations to boost the entertainment industry in the state via establishment of a creative hub.

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Obaseki stated this during an Interactive session with stakeholders in the entertainment industry held at government house in Benin on Thursday.

The governor, represented by his Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, said” our goal is to create jobs via creating the enabling environment for private investment in the various sectors in the state.

“For the entertainment sector, we want to establish a creative hub where people in the entertainment industry will be exposed to world class trainings and given opportunity to excel in the industry.

” The idea is to make the entertainment industry viable in the state “, the Deputy Governor said.

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Also, the wife of the Edo Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, said the entertainment industry was a critical sector to focus on due to its huge contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product as well as jobs creation.

She said the state government would partner the Bank of Industry (BoI) which was currently making investment in 50 sub sectors in the creative industry in the country.

She urged participants at the interaction session to key into the creative hub initiative so as to boost the creativity industry in the state and the country at large.

“The federal government has identified the values in the entertainment industry and the BOI is giving loans to people in the entertainment industry to grow the sector.

Also, Mrs Ukinebo Dare, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Skills development and Job Creation, said the Edo Jobs initiative was creating employment opportunities in the Agriculture, Manufacturing, Construction, Information and Communication Technology and Entertainment sector.

She said the interactive session was to expose the opportunities in the Edo Creative hub and Share information on investment and financing products available for the creative industry.

” We want to attract commercial viable initiative from major stakeholders in the entertainment industry to the state.

“We want to expose Edo youths including returnees to inspirational opportunities in the entertainment sector” (NAN)

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