By Jude Michael

The Anambra State commissioner for culture, entertainment and tourism, Comrade Don Onyenji, has described the Association of Music and Film Producers and Marketers of Nigeria (AMUFPMAN) as an important organisation that can help boost entertainment and create job opportunities which will further reduce youth restiveness in Anambra State and Nigeria at large.Commissioner Onyenji stated this when the leadership of AMUFPMAN, Anambra chapter, paid him a visit in his office in Awka.The commissioner urged them to use music and films to promote Igbo cultural values and called for the regulation of the entertainment industry in the interest of society.Commissioner Onyenji informed them that the state government was working towards establishing a film village that would depict Igbo culture and called on investors to key in to assist in advancing the entertainment industry in the state.He recognised the impact of piracy on the industry and called on the relevant agencies to rise to their responsibilities by bringing to book the pirates.He informed them that, henceforth, anyone or any group who intended to organise any show must register with the ministry of culture, entertainment and tourism to certify the authenticity of the show.Commissioner Onyenji told them about the desire of Governor Chukwuma Soludo in turning Anambra State into a livable megacity, as well as an entertainment hub which will further attract tourists into the state.In an address, the president of AMUFPMAN, Anambra chapter, Evangelist Macson Nwasike, congratulated Governor Chukwuma Soludo and his deputy, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, on their successful assumption of office and commended them for appointing one of their own as commissioner for culture, entertainment and tourism, describing him as a multitalented fellow that would help in reviving the entertainment industry in the state.He informed the commissioner of their efforts in creating job opportunities for the unemployed in the areas of acting, singing, dancing, and comedy.He appealed to the state government to support them by donating funds and establishing a film village to enhance their performances, just as he called on the state and federal governments to help them in protecting their intellectual property from pirates.The group also appealed to the state government to create a market in Awka for them where they would be marketing their products.Other executive members of the association, Mr. Roy Ekwunife and Mr Eze Onwuji, also commended Governor Soludo for appointing one of their colleagues into an exalted position and solicited for support to enable them to produce more movies and generate revenue for themselves and the state government.

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