16,000 jobs’ll be created when National Theatre’s renovation is completed – Official
More than 16,000 jobs would be created during and after the ongoing renovation of the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Prof. Sunday Ododo, General Manager of the 44-year-old complex, said on Thursday in Lagos.
Ododo told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) that most of the jobs would come from the fields of music, movies, fashion and information technology.
“Some of the jobs will be direct. Others will be indirect. The National Theatre will definitely be a hub for lots of activities,” he said.
NAN recalls that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Government recently signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) for the renovation of the complex.
Under the MOU, the CBN, through the Bankers Committee, will invest N21.894 billion to renovate the National Theatre, refurbish it and run it profitably.
CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, at the signing of the MOU, said that revamping the complex would unlock a mass of creative talents of thousands of Nigerian youths in various fields.
Information minister Lai Mohammed, who signed on behalf of the Federal Government, had also said that the Private-Public-Partnership arrangement would stimulate growth in various sectors of the economy.
Ododo, while assessing the progress of the project, said that work had begun with the contractors fully mobilised to site.
He said he was particularly excited at the prospects of many youths securing jobs at all stages of the renovation.
“The jobs will come directly and indirectly through the ongoing radical restoration, revamping and renovation of the edifice. When completed, the complex, which is 44 years old, will be a huge business centre.
“It will be the place to be. Food sellers and other petty businesses will not be left out. Those coming for events will be served.
“Administration after administrations have ensured the edifice stands. And I must salute our predecessors; I give them kudos. If not for their dedication and efforts, National Theatre would have collapsed long ago.
“It is capital intensive to maintain. So you can now imagine if a huge sum of 21.8 billion naira is being invested to restore the complex.
“If, for instance, we had a maintenance support of a billion naira or even half a billion annually, we will not get to this point where so much is required to fix the edifice.
“That is why we are glad to inform Nigerians that with the new arrangement, there’s a component that says that once the work is finished, a company will be engaged to maintain the facility every day for the next five years.
“If its work is good, it will be re-engaged; if otherwise, another company will be brought on board.
“So, maintenance is part of the new arrangement so that we don’t go back to Egypt,” he explained.
He regretted that hospitality outfits had taken over the business of the centre.
According to him, these outfits make huge profits that could have been taken by the National Theatre.
“When the National Theatre is up and running, some of these event centres will have to be more creative to be in business.
“We don’t want to send anybody out of business, though, but our own prime target is international businesses because we have facilities that can host international events which many of these event centres don’t have.
“We will be making available a media centre that can take care of multi-language interpretation and all that.
“We have a 5,000-capacity main bowl. That one can take any UN event, any World Bank event, and any international event. National theatre will be the centre to beat,” he declared. (NAN)
Portable In Police Net After 72-Hour Ultimatum
The police in Ogun State have arrested singer, Habeeb Okikiola, commonly called Portable after a 72-hour ultimatum given to him to honour police invitation.
In viral videos on Tuesday, the musician was seen raining curses on and rough-handling some policemen deployed to the recreational centre he owns in Ogun State.
Portable’s actions have since been condemned by the police authorities with the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, saying the artist exhibited irrational behaviour and hurled insults at police officers carrying out their legal duty.
However, after the expiration of the ultimatum for the singer to honour the invitation, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that Portable has been arrested.
He told Journalists on Friday that the musician is at the State Headquarters of the police in Eleweran, Abeokuta.
The PPRO said as soon as the investigation is concluded, the artiste will be charged in court.
Gospel artist Moses Bliss unveils record label, signs four Artistes
Fast rising gospel artist Moses Bliss on Sunday unveiled his record label – Spotlite Records. He also signed four new artists to the new label.
The new singers are: Chizie, Festizie, Doris Joseph and Grace Lokwa of the Kumama fame from the Republic of Congo. Bliss is known for hit singles like “Too faithful,” “daddy wey dey pamper” and the recent top charting single “Miracle no Dey tire Jesus.”
Speaking during a press conference on Sunday, the gospel artist said: “The vision of this label is to saturate the earth with the word of God through music. We are positioned to see the name of Jesus lifted up in every place and his kingdom established here on earth.
“We understand music is a language that cuts across ages, people and places and we are riding on this core mantra to create contents that will edify, entertain and educate.”
The press conference had in attendance other executives of the label, Tunde Praise and Evidence Samuel.
According to Tunde, “if you think you have heard enough good music, wait for more as the new signed creatives are set to churn out sounds that will blow your mind.”
Married Women Send Me Messages On Social Media – Don Jazzy
Music producer and record label boss, Micheal Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy, has revealed how he gets messages from married women on social media.
The Mavins boss disclosed this during a podcast show called “The honest bunch”, hosted by on-air personality Nedu and a few others.
During the show titled “Marriage: A poverty Alleviation Scheme”, Don Jazzy asserted that many Nigerian women reach out to him directly.
”I just feel a lot of people are just deceiving themselves, especially in this Lagos. Married women and men, they are all just lying to themselves. You know how many places that I have seen married women?… They are in my DM.”
He also explained why he thinks marriage has been made out to be a poverty alleviation scheme, which he believes isn’t right.
The Mavins boss also spoke on the kind of woman he wants, saying he needed a kind woman, understanding, and not a troublemaker.
Don Jazzy hasn’t been linked to any woman since he rose to prominence in the early 20s.
In 2021, he revealed his previous relationship to the world after several controversies had hit the air.
Jazzy posted his wedding pictures on Instagram and said he was married to Michelle Jackson, a UK-based Nigerian model but the marriage crashed because he made music his priority.
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