FCT Minister of state Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has assured that the FCTA is prepared to host the upcoming zuma film festival scheduled to hold in Abuja from 1st -7th may 2022.
While addressing a press conference, the minister of state who was represented by Mr. Samuel Atang, Director, Operations, Planning and Strategy in the office of the FCTA permanent secretary, said that the FCT Administration had entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Nigeria Film Corporation (NFC) for Abuja to serve as the host city for the festival over the next 10years.
The Minister added that Abuja was fast becoming a tourist destination owing to it’s beautiful natural sights and attractive structures, these she said would be sustained using the festival as a springboard.
The Minister hailed the ingenuity of Nigerian film makers for putting Nollywood on the world map as one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world.
She also said that the FCT Administration was open to welcoming more cooporations through creative and tourism sectors with a view to harnessing and developing local talents across the territory.
Speaking at the event, MD/CEO NFC Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, said that Abuja has been designated the official host city for Zuma film festival and is comparable to global practices like cannes in france and Toronto in Canada among others.
The MD expressed appreciation to the ministers of FCT Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed and FCT Minister of State Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu for their support and endorsement of the event.
Some activities lined up for the 7day event includes film screenings, workshops and lectures, cultural and culinary displays from across Nigeria and some foreign countries as well as an award and gala night.