Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said the state government will explore the potential that abounds in the entertainment and arts industry as a viable platform to create jobs for the teeming youths in the state.
The governor spoke when some members of cast and crew of ’93 Days’, a film which chronicles how Lagos was able to effectively contain the Ebola Virus Disease last year, paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
He assured the team, led by veteran Hollywood actor, Mr. Danny Glover, that his government would give the necessary support to project the ideals of the film, stressing that the collective feat, which was recorded during the Ebola outbreak, would remain a milestone in the history of the state.
Ambode added, “Clearly, what you have done to join hands with our people in Nollywood is to celebrate one of the major successes of Lagos State.
“Our government will support this project. No story can be told better than in graphic form, and once you are turning this story to a movie, it means that every other part of achievement that we can put together, it’s going to be something historic. It’s happening for the very first time, apart from the fact that it is showing the way government has been able to respond to issues that relate to the society, we are also showcasing what Lagos stands for.”
The governor, while appreciating the crew for deeming it fit to use the film to retell the Ebola success story in Lagos, also seized the opportunity to name Glover as Brand Ambassador for Lagos.
He said the actor’s wealth of experience would be of immense benefit to the entertainment industry in the state.
“I can say that this is a platform to rebrand Lagos and for that reason, we will support this film and everything that has to do with it.
“Like I said, we would be looking forward to the premiere and I’ve told Danny that he has to be part of it and bring his experience and social-capital into it and he will be coming with other world class actors to do that. We will join in promoting this also,” Ambode stated.