The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal government has abandoned plans to build a world-class and ulta-modern film village in Kano following criticisms made by Muslim clerics who say it will promote immorality.
Nigeria’s government had set aside N3billion for the construction of the Muhammadu Buhari film village at Kofa in Bebeji local government area of Kano State, that will provide over 10,000 jobs to Nigerian citizens and also increase revenue generation to Kano state in particular and the nation in general.
The project was part of the government’s efforts to improve the Hausa language film industry known as Kannywood.
But Muslims clerics argued it would promote immorality and people on social media also called on the government to stop the plan using the hashtags #FilmVillage or #ImmoralityVillage #WeSayNoToFilmVillageInKano, for same ‘immorality’ reason.
The Managing Director Nigerian Film Corporation Danjuma Wurim Dadu, during a stakeholder’s interaction session held at Tahir Guess Palace hotel disclosed the project was schedule to take place in three phases and the federal government had put aside N1billion for the commencement of the first phase of the film village.
He said that the choice of Kano state in siting the project has been influenced by the fact that Kano state has been the nerve of movie production in Nigeria adding that the proposed film village would include a 400-capacity auditorium for training, a cinematography centre, sound stage, hostel, eatery block, hotels, shopping mall, a stadium, and a clinic among other amenities akin to world-class film village.