The Vice Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Abia State, south-east Nigeria, Prof M.O.E Iwuala has underscored the indispensible role of Nigeria Film Corporation in the all-important task of promoting and regulating activities in the ever-growing Nollywood film industry.
According to Mr. Ogbonnaya Ogwo, Head, Media and Public Relations, Prof. Iwuala made the observation while addressing a top management delegation from Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) who recently visited Gregory University Uturu to formalise bilateral relations with the institution.
According to the Vice Chancellor, “conscious of the crucial position the Nigerian Film Corporation occupies in the evolution of the creative industry as a viable alternative to the fast depleting oil, we are further emboldened to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship with the agency, to enrich our training programmes, while fostering the discovery and grooming of potential new talents needed for theatre and film production.”
Prof. Iwuala emphasised that the collaboration would provide additional impetus for the realisation of the institution’s objective of training, retraining and equipping various categories of middle level manpower in the media profession through the recent establishment of the Gregory University Uturu Theatre and Media Academy.
Earlier in an address, the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe stated that the essence of their visit to Gregory University Uturu is to consolidate arrangements for the consummation of working relations with the institution through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“It is our desire to enter into a symbiotic marital relationship with Gregory University Uturu that will enable us collaborate with the abundant intellectual resources available in the institution in order to realise our vision of according quality and professionalism to Nollywood in particular by jointly mounting short term certificate training programmes for middle-level personnel in the Nigerian creative industry,” Dr. Maduekwe stressed.
The Nigerian Film Corporation boss particularly paid glowing tributes to the Chancellor of the Gregory University Uturu, Dr Gregory Ibe for his ingenuity, innovativeness and industry that brought about the establishment of such creative arms of the university as Theatre and Film Academy, Orbit Radio and Television.
He argued that the collaboration between the two organisations would benefit immensely from these outlets.
Highlight of the visit was the signing of copies of a well-worded Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that signaled the official commencement of a mutually beneficial bilateral relationship between the two organizations.