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Plateau launches initiative to build Jos Film Village

Efforts to revitalise Nigeria’s entertainment industry have received a boost as the Plateau State Government plans to create a National Film Village to act as a creative incubator for budding talents in the industry in the state, Nigeria, and beyond.

The facility is intended to include cutting-edge music and film studios, as well as a platform for scaling up and displaying the talents of Nigerian youths on a worldwide scale.

Mr Joshua Laven, the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, stated during an inspection of the project sites in Kuru and Mararaba Jama’a communities in Jos South LGA, that the State has also concluded arrangements for the construction of Smart City Housing Units for low, middle, and high-income earners for sustainable housing developments in the State.

His words, “We are here to inspect the sites of our Film Village and also in respect of the Housing project of His Excellency Barr. Caleb Mutfwang tagged Jos Smart City Housing Units. The governor has directed that we ensure that appropriate sites are secured so that the developers can come in as quickly as possible to commence work. 

“We want to develop a state-of-the-art film village, the first of its kind in Africa here. Wycliffe Jean is coming on the 28th of December, 2023 for a peace concert and then to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the Film Village. The governor has gotten the commitment of all developers to hit the ground running. Governor Mutfwang wants to change the narrative of Plateau State from being the home of Civil Service and to show that Plateau is still the destination for entertainment, peace and tourism.

“The Film Village and Jos Smart City projects when completed will generate huge revenue for the State. The development will further boost tourism and bring the State to national and international limelight. Indeed, Plateau will be the headquarters of entertainment in Africa.”

Also, the Commissioner of Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Peter Gai who accompanied other government officials on the visit added that the implications of the projects are to attract  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to boost the economy stressing that the State Government is ready to hit the ground running to ensure that this projects that have timeline is activated within the specific time.

Similarly, Arch. Hart Bankat, General Manager of the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMBD),

On his part, he expressed pleasure with the two project locations, stating that they are in keeping with Governor Caleb Mutfwang’s responsibility to implement the Greater Jos Master Plan.

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