Filmmakers in Lagos have called on Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to set up a film fund for the motion pictures industry.Executive Secretary Pan African Federation of Filmmakers, Mr. Madu Chikwendu made the remarks at a film forum, put together by the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board in Lagos. According to him, the governor can do this by channeling
both entertainment tax, radio and television tax charged by the local governments into a film fund for the purpose of film production and distribution
Chikwendu explained that the many film festivals in the state have further reinforced the image of Lagos as Nigeria’s cultural capital, promoting Lagos as the true centre of excellence and called on the state government to advance loans to the industry the way funds were made available to members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme.
The secretary called on government to provide a housing estate for the film industry the way it is doing for other professionals. He said Lagos is not only the birthplace of Nollywood but was also the centre of pre-independence and post-independence Nigerian Film Industry, adding that the industry has contributed positively to development of the entire Lagos state by providing employment for thousands who are resident in the state.