Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Barr. Ernest Ogwezzy has stated that the State Government is set to build a Film Village to be called “Delta Entertainment District.”
He made this announcement at the just concluded Ministerial Press Briefing which held at Unity Hall, Government House Asaba.
The Tourism Commissioner said “I am happy to announce to you all that Delta State Government is currently at the closing stage of discussions with local and international partners to commence work on our proposed film village to be known as Delta Entertainment District.”
“Let me add here that perhaps, the best thing that will yet happen to our musical, comedy and Nollywood artistes would be the realization of the Delta Entertainment District. This Centre which will be sitting on about 500 acres of land will have multiple sound stages, film lots for movies, television productions, audio studios with ultra-modern equipment for music and comedy show productions with a distribution network cutting across Africa,” added the Commissioner.
Barr. Ogwezzy affirmed that with the establishment of this infrastructure, the Tourism sector will be on a sure footing of development that does not exclusively rely on Government funding. “This is because the Entertainment District will generate enough revenue for itself and in turn improve the State IGR and create jobs in line with our Excellency’s SMART Agenda.”
Speaking further on the development of Entertainment sector in the State, the commissioner disclosed that a memo has been sent to his Excellency for approval of funds to organize the second edition of Delta Talent Quest and Reality TV Show.
“In our bid to further promote the entertainment sector, we considered it expedient to bring back to life the already existing, but currently losing steam, the concept tagged ‘Delta Talent Quest and Reality TV Show’ which the State in the past enjoyed their performances. I am confident that as soon as approval is made in this respect, the state will witness yet another musical/comedy show that can be comparable with those being showcased anywhere in the world.”
The Honourable commissioner commended Governor Okowa for his contribution towards the development of Arts and Crafts in the State. “Let me use this opportunity to thank His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for supporting our Arts and Craft Training Centre in Emede. This centre is equipped to train our young people in different forms of arts and crafts, and we have been able to impart artistic skills to some of its recently graduated students.
Barr. Ernest Ogwezzy decried the State of the tourist sites in Delta State, admitting that they are not befitting of a State such as ours. He said that “inspite of some skeletal renovations carried out by my Ministry on some of the State Tourist Sites, I am still not satisfied with their condition.”
He however said that the Ministry has sent Memos to the State Governor for financial releases to enable it resuscitate these ailing heritage sites.
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