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We Created Edojobs to Launch Youths Into Creative Business, Says Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said part of the reasons for creating the state’s employment platform, Edojobs, is to enable the teeming youths launch into creative industry. The governor, who disclosed this during a panel session at the Edo State International Film Festival (ESIFF) 2.0, held at the Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative hub in Benin City, the Edo State capital, also said the focus of his administration was to make the state Nigeria’s entertainment and creative hub.

According to the governor, who spoke on the topic, “Aggregation of Film and Culture: Edo State as a Case Study,” “we created the (Edojobs) as a platform to launch Edo youths to embrace the creative business. “We focused on creating the atmosphere, facilities and equipment, building a sound stage, studio and editing suites. The Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative hub is a facility powered 24/7 with an IPP.”

Disclosing that the role of the government is to help commence the process of transaction in the film business, he pointed out that his administration had taken deliberate steps to stimulate the growth of the film industry in the state. “In the next five to seven years, our goal is to make sure Edo State is the hub for creativity in Nigeria. Edo people are interestingly very creative people who through history, created and redesigned their environment.

“As a people, we have over 5,000 pieces of artwork stolen from here and you wonder the creativity in our minds.” Lamenting the sorry state he met on ground, Obaseki said: “The situation we met was one that peo- ple, especially the young creative minds wanted to run away from the State and Country. 30,000 Edo youths were trying to cross over to Libya. As an administration, we began to build and promised 200,000 jobs.

“The jobs were not coming from the government but from activities that the government created and encouraged. We focused on culture and creativity. We created the policy, enabling the environment, institutions. On reforms in the education sector, Obaseki noted: “In Edo State, over the last five years, we have re- enacted basic education, ensuring foundational education is solid as we established EdoBEST.

“As a government, we intend to focus on what is important as our population of 5 million has over 70 percent of youths; we are focusing on what interests them and gives them hope. We will continue to support the creative industry to create quality production. We are doing this in the agricultural, sports, health, film and many other sectors across the State’s economy.

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