Akwa Ibom State Government has disclosed plans to deepen its bilateral relationship with Cross River through various Entertainment platforms that will foster peace and unity among the two neighbouring States.
The Special Assistant on Entertainment Industry to Governor Emmanuel, Mr David Sergeant, dropped the hint, Tuesday, during the official inauguration of the first private radio station, Hit 95.9Fm, Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
Utang Akwa Ibom, as he is popularly called, who spoke to newsmen, revealed that the entertainment industry in the country is a fast growing one, with many opportunities springing up for budding entrepreneurs, artists and their managers as well as other stake holders, stressing that the industry alone generates revenues of over $2 billion annually.
The Governor Emmanuel’s aide, recalled that during late 90’s, the entertainment industry in the country was very ‘shy’ with musicians, actors, models and comedians, being satisfied with just fame, with very little interests from investors.
Mr Sergeant, however, expressed happiness that the situation has changed now, saying “the industry now becomes big business with many artistes collecting in millions of naira monthly, a situation which was unthinkable about 15 years ago”.
He extolled his boss and the State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for championing entertainers’ course, as well as opening more frontiers for them to grow In Akwa Ibom.
“It is on record that His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, is the very first governor Akwa Ibom ever produced since its creation that has thought it wise to create an office for the Entertainers. This office, I keep saying, is a rare privilege for all entertainers in the State to be a partaker in the decision making in government.
“It means that, our dear Governor does not want comedians, musicians, models, movie actors and actresses and so on, who were push-over before now, to sit on the fence again. That is why he created this office for all of them to come together, generate good ideas, come up with programmes that would move the State forward; he will always support us. Is that not exceptional?” he asked rhetorically.
On the new private radio station, the governor’s aide, said, the establishment of the Hit 95.9Fm, Calabar, would provide job opportunities to people of the state.
While praying for the success of the venture, Mr Sergeant charged the management to ensure professionalism in its operations.
Meanwhile, the station is located at No 232 Murtala Muhammed Highway, Calabar, Cross River State.
Some personalities who attended the official inauguration of the first private radio station, included: the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr Godfada Uko , CEO, South Central Empire, Mr Christopher Stephen- (Mista Xto) CLO, Mr. Patrick Ugbe, Ruggedman, Mc Galaxy, Presh, Spydaman, amongst others.