Comrade Ayodele Adewale, Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria,has lauded the entertainment industry in the country for providing succour and employment opportunity for Nigerian youths.
Comrade Adewale spoke on Monday during the Festac Music Fiesta organised by the local government. The event took place at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) sports ground, Festac Town.
“Today, we are proud to say that the entertainment industry is one of the biggest employers of labour in the country,” the Amuwo Odofin LG chairman said.
The music fiesta featured the likes of top music acts like: Tu Face Idibia, Big Chef, Sound Sultan, DJ Zeez and Konga among other prominent musicians in the country.
Comrade Adewale praised the entertainment industry for its assistance to Nigerian youths. According to him, the youth has taken over 52 percent of the country’s population saying that, “if you look at age demography in Nigeria today you will see that population of Nigeria are predominantly youths”.
He added “where the youth has taken over 52 percent of our population and majority of them are unemployed, you must agree with me the biggest employer of labour right now is the entertainment industry because Nigerian youths are betting succour from the entertainment industry”.
On the concert, the LG boss said the motive behind the concert is to discover new talent “and as you know Amuwo Odofin is a tourist local government. What we are trying to do was to enhance the foundation laid through the Festac 77″.
He explained further that “Our drive is to empower youths and get them closer to investment opportunities as well as to get investors that would invest and sponsor our various youth empowerment programmes”.
Telecommunication giants, MTN, supported the music fiesta this year while it promised to fully sponsor the programme in 2014.
Comrade Adewale added that other big corporate organisations like: Nestle and Guinness have also shown interest in supporting the programme.
He praised the Nigeria Police, the State Security Service (SSS), the Nigeria Army and the local government’s security outfit for their support for the programme.