EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, weekend, launched the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub in Benin City, with a pledge to sustain programmes and reforms to ensure Edo youths realise their fullest potentials.
The newly built facility, named after the late music legend, Sir Victor Uwaifo, was commissioned during the Edo Mega Youth Concert with the theme, ‘The Guitar Boy Lives On.’
The concert is 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 has facilities to support talents in the state who wants to produce music, film and other creative contents.
According to him, “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 artists produce music and films; there is an editing suite that will help artists finalisse all their productions.”
“In the world today, you can’t ignore young people. 60 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 a home for you so you will not have any reasons to leave home again,” Obaseki noted.
Others at the event include Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu; his wife, Maryann; Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq.; Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun and Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, among others.