Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said Nollywood has the capacity to increase the country’s GDP and reduce poverty if its get the needed supports.
Saraki said this when he received some leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria and top movie practitioners on Wednesday.
According to him, “this is a decent industry…it’s my belief that if duly supported Nollywood will not only be number one in the world but will create job opportunities, increase the country’s GDP and reduce poverty.”
The Senate President, who received the likes of Segun Arinze, Zik Zulu Okafor, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Ebele Okaro and Chiwetalu Agu, said the thespians have shown great capacity in nation building.
He maintained that he would like to change the way movie practitioners are viewed in Nigeria saying the industry will create jobs if supported.
He said, “Let me thank the president for bringing us together. You have made a lot of us very proud. You have worked hard to support our government. You have shown truly that we have great capacity.
“Anywhere else in the world being surrounded by the stars I am seeing here, any politician would not let the opportunity slip away. Because we don’t recognize your talent and the kind of people we have, I would like to change that not because of you but because the country needs it.
“The economy will not grow by chance. But, it’s my belief that if duly supported Nollywood will not only be number one in the world but will create job opportunities, increase the country’s GDP and reduce poverty, among several other advantages. Hollywood is great today because the American government supported and funded the industry. Same can be possible for Nollywood.”
This is not the first time Nollywood practitioners drummed supports for the candidates of their choice.
The practitioners formed part of the team that promoted and campaigned for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during his second term bid.