Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the establishment of a health insurance program for theater practitioners in the state.
The announcement was made during a dinner with Yoruba Nollywood industry veterans at the Lagos House Marina.
Nollywood celebrities who attended the event praised and applauded the governor for his efforts to improve the health of theater professionals, especially seasoned professionals.
The Governor, who reaffirmed that he would pay the insurance premium for elderly practitioners, also asserted that the Nigerian film industry and actors have contributed significantly to the development of Lagos.
Recall that practitioners are struggling with different health issues including funds that have resulted in social media pleading with Nigerians to pay their medical bills and some people are also suffering from old age and health issues.
To ensure life is simple for theater professionals, Sanwo-Olu reaffirmed that his administration will continue to provide needed resources to the entertainment and creative sector.
Moreover, he promised to offer more intervention money to those working in the Nollywood sector.
The Governor, following the COVID-19 lockdown, approved a N1 billion response fund for the film industry. The intervention was a single-digit soft loan launched to cushion the effect of the pandemic, among other incentives, for the creative and entertainment industry.
The fund has been accessed by many Nollywood practitioners, who have used the grant to fund film production. The additional support, Sanwo-Olu promised, will spur creativity and innovation in the sector.
The Governor applauded the efforts of Nollywood actress, Mrs. Foluke Daramola-Salako, who leads a non-governmental organization (NGO), Passion Again Rape and Abuse in Africa, which looks after the welfare of industry veterans. Sanwo-Olu said his administration will continue to reach out to movie legends through the platform.
“It’s a fresh start on the journey that will further strengthen Nollywood; we will interact more with all layers of the industry and provide opportunities where needed. We want to be a partner in bringing this noble industry to greater growth and celebrating industry veterans in their lifetime,” said Sanwo-Olu.
Some of the theater practitioners present at the event including Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello, Jide Kosoko, Adewale Elesho, Idowu Phillips aka Iya Rainbow and Mahmoud Alli-Balogun congratulated the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration for the achievement of people-centred programs. and projects that they say are people-oriented qualify him for a second term.
Stakeholders at the event all agreed to back Governor Sanwo-Olu for a second term and pledged to work to secure his victory in the 2023 Lagos State gubernatorial elections.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), would have done a lot for theater professionals, and they also expressed their support for his candidacy.
Over 100 Yoruba theater professionals, producers, directors and marketers attended the dinner, including Tade Ogidan, Lere Paimo, Fausat Balogun, Iyabo Ogunsola, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Charles Olumo, Saidi Balogun, Toyin Adegbola, Taiwo Hassan, Damola Olatunji, Bimbo Akintola and Eniola Badmus.