President Goodluck Jonathan has unveiled a N3 billion package to help turnaround Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood, which has seen growth in production and sales within past years, but remains heavily criticized for low content quality.
The package, to be launched as “Project Nollywood”, will include grants for the best film scripts, a capacity development fund, and funds for supporting the industry’s infrastructure,” the president said.
The scheme will be launched in the first week of April, and will be managed by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, he added. Mr. Jonathan made the announcement at a presidential dinner to celebrate the industry at 20, held at State House, Marina, Lagos.
“I assure you that my Administration will continue to give Nollywood every possible support and assistance to take the Nigerian movie industry to even greater heights of success,” the president said. “I have invited the private sector to this dinner because I believe that they can also support efforts to further develop our entire creative industry.”
A previous revolving loan scheme of $200 million (N32 billion), announced by the president in 2010 has been plagued by complaints of inaccessibility. The president said only N766 million of the loan had been released. “I have asked NEXIM and the Bank of Industry to redouble their efforts in assisting the industry to access loans,” he said.