Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has said the upcoming Zuma film festival would boost tourism and boost the economy’s investment potential.
She said the FCT Administration will use windows of cooperation with the Nigerian Film Corporation to harness the opportunities created by the festival to develop abundant local talents in the city, speaking to journalists on Thursday ahead of the festival’s 12th edition, which is set to take place next month in Abuja.
According to the minister, Abuja is swiftly establishing a reputation as a pleasant tourist destination due to its rich cultural mix, beautiful views, and growing entertainment industry.
Aliyu who was represented by Samuel Atang, Director Operation and Strategy office of the Permanent Secretary FCTA, disclosed that the administration intend to use the programme to further ensure sustainable development of the indigenous film industry.
According to her: “We intend to sustain using the Zuma Film Festival as a springboard. We use the programme to develop our indigenous film industry with the ultimate aim of making Abuja, the film and creative hub for Africa using the festival as a catalyst.
“The collaboration between the FCTA and the NFC will not only ensure a bigger and better Zuma Film Festival but will also provide residents of Abuja investment opportunities in the nation’s creative economy” she said.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe said the collaboration between NFC and FCTA will bring about total transformation of the film, cinema and tourism activities of the nation especially within Abuja.
He hinted that: “At the NFC, we are resolved to deepen and develop the Nigerian Film industry. Within the broad and specific mandate of developing the Nigeria film industry, NFC remains committed to engaging its key partners at all levels”.
The MD said adequate security measures have been put in place for the safety of visitors within and outside the country, for the seven days festival.