Sanwo-Olu eyes health insurance cover for theater practitioners – New Telegraph


The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced plans to institute a health insurance scheme for theater practitioners in the state. Sanwo-Olu announced the health insurance scheme during a dinner with Yoruba Nollywood industry veterans at the Lagos House Marina on Monday evening. However, Nollywood practitioners have also expressed their support for the candidacy of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who they say has done a lot for theater practitioners. The dinner was attended by over 100 Yoruba practitioners, directors, producers and marketers 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, among others.

The governor’s announcement was hailed by Nollywood actors and actresses present at the event who appreciated the governor for seeing fit to take care of the health of theater practitioners, especially industry veterans. Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu, who said he would pay the insurance premium for theater practitioners, most of whom are ageing, said the Nigerian film industry and practitioners had played a key role in the development of Lagos. He said: “We are aware that your industry is one of the largest employers of labour. “You have continued to quietly provide relief and livelihoods to many citizens.

More importantly, you bring freshness to our lives through your stories. “There is always a lesson and information to be learned from the experiences you paint in your works. “You fill the creative space in our society and project good values ​​about our culture, our way of life and our race. stand out and make names for yourself in the industry. As a government, some of the interventions we have proposed to help your industry are not misplaced; it is your right and your right to have the government look back in help to further shape our society for the greater good.

The governor said his administration will continue to provide the necessary resources to the entertainment and creative industry to make life easier for theater practitioners. It has also pledged to provide additional intervention funds for those in the Nollywood industry. Sanwo-Olu, 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.


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