Plateau Government Set to Establish National Film Village
The Plateau State Government is set to establish the National Film Village, a creative hub aimed at cultivating emerging talent from the region and beyond, according to State Housing and Urban Development Commissioner, Hon. Joshua Ubandoma Laven.
The announcement came during a media tour of the project sites in Kuru and Mararaban Jar’ma located in the Jos South local government area. Laven stated that this venture, taking advantage of state-of-the-art music and movie studios, is projected to influence both local and global landscapes.
“It also aims at fostering equitable wealth distribution and providing a platform to elevate, on an international level, the talents of Plateau’s youth”. He said.
The Commissioner also revealed that the state has plans for building smart city housing units accessible to low, middle, and high-income earners, in an effort to promote sustainable housing development.
The government is expediting the site security so that the developers can commence work swiftly. “We are working to create an exceptional film village, which would be the first of its kind in Africa,” Laven stated, adding that the popular artist, Wyclef Jean, will be performing at a peace concert and laying the foundation for the Film Village on December 28, 2023.
“Governor Caleb Mutfwang is committed to altering Plateau State’s identity from being the Civil Service hub to a thriving center for entertainment, peace, and tourism” highlighted Laven.
He added confidently that the completion of the Film Village and Jos Smart City projects will greatly elevate the state’s visibility and generate substantial revenue.
Commissioner of Lands and Survey Town Planning, Peter Nyam Gai, asserted that these projects would also boost the state’s economy by attracting foreign direct investments.
Arch. Hart Bankat, General Manager of the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMBD), seconded these views and conveyed his satisfaction with the selected project sites aligned with Governor Caleb Mutfwang’s mandate aimed at implementing the greater Jos master plan.