A delegation of Indian investors through the Nigerian Indian Business Council has approached the federal government and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) with the aim of working together to complete the Millennium Towers and also invest in the medical sector.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Muhammed, who led the delegation of Indian investors to the FCTA on Tuesday, called on the investors to look into the possibility of establishing a film city within the Cultural Center.
He said: “I want to say that our efforts to court investors are paying off because after the last visit we got inquiries from some serious investors and this time I am here with the members of the Nigeria India Business Council.
“The NIBC is made up of Nigerian businessmen and Indian businessmen and they’ve been here to see where they can invest in the areas of power, infrastructure and medicine and of course they also came with their investors from the creative sectors – from the film industry.”
He said the investors have shown great interest in the Nigerian creative industry and are closely watching the establishment of film schools and studios very similar to what is obtained in Bollywood at the Cultural Center.
In the words of the minister, “I think from what we’ve discussed, there’s a lot of encouragement coming from them because one of the things that is unique here… they’ve shown an interest in the studios and the film schools.
“We will continue the conversation and see if we can actually attract investors to help us finish this iconic Millennium Tower and Cultural Center building.”
For its part, the FCT Minister, who was represented by the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad urged investors to take a critical look at the project, which is Abuja’s cultural backbone, with a view to opening the windows for more investment in the country’s capital.
Malam Bello stressed that the Millennium Tower project was very dear to the FCT administration and is optimistic that when completed, it will not only open the FCT and boost tourism and commercial activity, but also bring many financial benefits to investors. will yield.
After touring the Millennium Tower, a delegation member and Creative Producer in Bollywood India, Aasia Abbas expressed his excitement about the benefits of investing in the FCT’s cultural edifice.
She said: “We feel there is so much potential and it is definitely worth investing in. I see a great future for the Nigerian film industry with so much content. Nigerian musicians are already world famous and there are so many of these artists who go to America to record these songs, why can’t they record it here?The talent is there, so you just need a good studio.
“The idea is to leverage the talent here and keep it here and then to make it as a global platform so you can make Nigeria stand on a global platform and you can bring people and students from all over Africa here , studying , learning, developing and producing content. People go to America, the New York Film Academy. Why shouldn’t they come to Abuja Film School?”
Also present on the tour were the Nigerian High Commissioner of India, Ambassador Ahmed Sule, the Director General of the Nigerian Film Corporation Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the Director General, National Gallery of Art, Mr. Ebeten Ivara, the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu and other senior officials of the FCTA and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
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