Former Governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha has urged the Federal Government to take advantage of huge potentials inherent in the entertainment industry.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on his bill, “Establishment of University of Creative Technology, Orlu, Imo State”, which is before the Senate for debate, he said the time for government to diversify the economy was now.
He lamented that the entertainment industry potential was yet to be well harnessed in Nigeria, saying, establishing a University would trigger more talents that would be a ‘sought for’ by other nations and for the development of Nigeria’s economy.
He said: Nigeria is a world leader when it comes to entertainment, the movie stars, the musicians, we have done so much. We are the only country challenging America. Nigeria is popular today because of her stars: musicians, actors and actresses. One of the gifts of this nation now is the entertainment industry”.
According to him, University of Creative Technology is tailored towards boosting Nigeria’s economy because most of the Universities in Nigeria “are for one to go and read, have certificate and do nothing.”
The lawmaker noted that a creative person was always an independent minded person who could provide jobs for others, and not look for white collar job anymore.
He spoke on the need to diversify our economy which born the idea of establishing the proposed University at orlu stating that the south east is known for creativity adding that they started most of the movies we see today which they are very good at but needed encouragement to expert it. He said that last year movie brought about 25 billion dollars through remittance.