The Governor of Nasarawa State, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule, has announced his intention to turn the state into a Hausa film industry due to the contribution of the Kannywood industry to national development.
The governor made this known when he received the leaders of the Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN), who visited him in Lafia under the leadership of its national chairman, Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Sarari, at yesterday Tuesday, September 22, 2021.
In a press statement sent to Fim magazine , the spokesperson of the association, Alhaji Al-Amin Ciroma, quoted the governor as saying, “I am definitely proud of the young filmmakers, especially as they are useful with this God-given opportunity to make them stand out in the community.
He said, “I am very proud to see filmmakers, or any profession, especially those who are taking advantage of their opportunities to become proud people.
“But when I saw the son of a rich man become someone else in his life, I was not very impressed, because a young man with a small strength, he ate coconut and became famous.
“Well, that’s why I want to support them, because no matter what role they play in life, they will never forget you.”
He added that his door is open to all Kannywood filmmakers.
The governor also lauded the MOPPAN plans, agreeing to sponsor the party’s general assembly in the next few weeks.
Sule said, “I am very happy to see the faces that I enjoy seeing in movies. That is why I assure you that I will do my best to make the necessary progress, as long as you persevere.
“Therefore, we will take care of your meeting, which you are planning to do, God willing.”
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On the issue of training for industry children, the governor assured that MOPPAN would be given the opportunity to partner with the National Film Institute (NFI) in Jos to train the state’s filmmakers. Nasarawa.
With regard to the film industry as well as the provision of MOPPAN and a large office, the governor immediately approved the request.
The governor added that he was seeking the cooperation of MOPPAN and its expertise in completing and developing the state-of-the-art Farin Ruwa Film Village.
Earlier in his address, the President of MOPPAN, Dr. Sarari, briefed Governor Sule on the importance of the Hausa film industry and its impact on the community and Kannywood’s contribution to the field. awareness raising and youth employment.
“Of course, Kannywood will not give up. It will work closely with the Nasarawa State government to promote Hausa films and raise awareness on the benefits of social cohesion and good governance,” he said.
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To create a conducive environment for collaboration, the governor honored the association with the award, while MOPPAN also honored him as the ‘Leader of the Nigerian Film Industry’.
The meeting was attended by some of MOPPAN’s national leaders, including its national treasurer, Alhaji Bala Kufaina, and its spokesperson, Alhaji Al-Amin Ciroma.
Others include director Ishaq Sidi Ishaq, a member of the MOPPAN executive committee, Dr Ahmed S. Bello, secretary of the MOPPAN Selection Committee, and director Kamal S. Judge.
Also present were heroes such as Mallam Abdullahi Karkuzu, Mallam Magaji Mijinyawa, Hajiya Hadiza Muhammad (Hadizan Saima), Amina Amal, Bilkisu Abdullahi and the Nasarawa State team.