The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the renovation of the National Arts Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos, saying it will create job opportunities for thousands of young Nigerians.
Speaking at the contract signing and handing over ceremony of the edifice in Lagos, Mr. Dare said: “On behalf of over 70 million Nigerian youth, I thank Mr. President for approving this project. When the contract was signed, President Buhari had written his name into the annals of history in indelible ink as the lover of Nigerian youth. The investment going into this place could have gone into any of the pressing infrastructure needs of the country, but the President has willfully insisted on this project. This asset, when totally done, will become a veritable creative industry park for our teeming youth. It would be home to everyone with interest in film, music, information technology and fashion,” the minister said.
He continued: “Creators, producers, designers, programmers, actors, writers, filmmakers and all other kinds of creative talents will make up part of thousands of jobs that this hub will provide. I am personally excited that Nollywood will have a physical location in Surulere, the place that produced countless and timeless talents.”
He assured that the place would also attract tourism to Lagos State and increase its internally generated revenue.