The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at the weekend, launched the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub in Benin to boost entertainment with the pledge to sustain programmes and reforms to ensure Edo youths realised their fullest potential.
The newly-built facility, named after the late music legend, Sir Victor Uwaifo, was inaugurated during the Edo Mega Youth Concert with the theme, “The Guitar Boy Lives On.”
The concert was a part of activities lined up for this year’s Alaghodaro Summit.
Obaseki, who noted that his government was committed to leveraging the numerous opportunities in the creative industry to empower more Edo youths and grow the state’s economy, said the hub had facilities to support talents in the state who wanted to produce music, film and other creative contents.
He said: “We are here to start a revolution in entertainment. Edo is about entertainment; Edo is about education; Edo is about helping those interested in entertainment to achieve their aims.
“This is a sound stage to help artistes produce music and films; there is an editing suite that will help artistes finalise all their productions.”
The governor continued: “In the world today, you can’t ignore young people. Sixty per cent or more of Edo’s population are young people. The purpose of this government is to open up the space for you.
“Yesterday, we launched the 30-year Edo development plan and the key components of the plan are education, technology and entertainment. I want to let you know that your government will not abandon you again.
“We will not fail you again; you will not have any need to be frustrated to want to leave home to travel outside. We want to make home for you so you will not have any reasons to leave home again,” Obaseki promised.
Others at the event included the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu; his wife, Maryann; Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie; Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun and Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, among others.