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Entertainers seek government’s support to end youth unemployment

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Stakeholders in the entertainment industry have called on the government to invest more in the sector to tackle youth unemployment in Nigeria. The Executive Director of Dephino Entertainment Company, Onoja Adole, disclosed that the industry has empowered photographers, vendors, comedians, presenters and graphics designers.
   
According to Adole, the entertainment industry has the capacity to generate employment opportunities for over 15,000 youths in each state of the federation within a period of three months, adding that Dephino as a company has already created opportunities for over 2,000 youths within the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking in Abuja, at an event to mark Dephino’s 10th year anniversary, the entertainer wondered why the government had abandoned the industry over the years.
     
“To eradicate the problem of unemployment, the industry has good potential and the solution to it is for government to create an enabling environment,” Adole stated.He explained that entertainment industry does not entail only party, but also it has capacity to create aspects where people get paid for what they do.
 He added: “One can create entertainment from every aspect of the society like food joint, kids zone, relaxation etc., all depending on the creativity put into it.”
   
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer, Prixair Group, Demola Banjo, urged government to develop policies that are favourable to the entertainment industry, adding that government could also support the industry with grants to enhance rapid development of the sector.Banjo stated: “When all these are put in place, job opportunities, our foreign direct inflow and various sectors will be put in place.”

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