By Harriet Ajoku
Awka (Awka South LGA), July 30, 2018 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano said no fewer than 8,000 youths of Anambra State have been trained in various fields of entrepreneurship since 2016 and 2017.
Gov. Obiano said this during the graduation of pioneering students of the Anambra Broadcasting Service Film Academy (ABSFA), at ABS, Awka.
“We are trying to build the youths in many ways. In 2016, 2017, we trained well no fewer than 8,000 youths in various fields.
“At the Information Centre, Nnewi, we trained 1,000 of them. At the Innoson Motors, we have students that are still working on their practical there.
“My former commissioner for youths trained not less than 2,000 of them at the Federal Facility, Mgbakwu. The difference is that, people that will be trained, will be given ‘seed money’ to start what they learnt,’’ Obiano said.
According to him, prefects will be appointed to supervise the graduates so as to ensure that the money given them, are used for the purpose it is provided.
“I will build an infrastructure in ABS for the ABSFA, and I appreciate the MD of ABS, Nze Uche Nworah for initiating the Film Academy.
“When your scripts are adjudged to be the very best, we will help you to produce it. Anambra State has set aside N50 million to assist your film production,” he said.
Obiano announced that government would secure land to be used as ‘movie village’ in Anambra State, and that he will make ABS the ‘best of the best’.
He enjoined the graduates to go out and conquer.
The governor noted that, Anambra people were doing well in everything and at everywhere in the world.
He urged the youths to shun cultism and avail themselves of these opportunities.
The governor hailed the progress of work at the International Conference Centre, which he said would be the first of its kind in Africa.
Owerre Ezukala Cave and others, Obiano said would be improved upon by the Ministry of Local Artwork, Culture and Tourism.
A three minute film produced by the students of the academy which won the 7th position out of the 677 contestants was shown at the ceremony. (MOI)