He said the event was tagged “Reshaping and Sustaining the Entertainment Industry in Anambra State”.
The commissioner said the essence of the event was to showcase all entertainment personnel, dancers, models, comedians, film scorers, influencers and hypemen, among others, in the state.
He said the decision was to hire young people from home who are good in the entertainment industry and learn about their potential for eventual empowerment.
“We need to harness the talents of our young people and engage them in meaningful ways so that we can stand up economically and otherwise.
“Anambra has huge potential among its youngsters. These are untapped and we have decided to create opportunities for them to progress positively and obtain the support necessary to blossom in their passion.”
The Commissioner said that the economy belongs to young people and explained that the Governor has a great value for the development of young people.
He said the government, through the tourism and entertainment industries, is committed to creating the environmental grace to ensure that every young person showcases their talent.
Onyeji said the government has planned various projects to make Anambra State conducive to entertainment and tourism.
The commissioner said the security challenge in the state is being handled by the Charles Soludo administration which is committed to tackling insecurity head-on.
In his address to the participants, the Speaker of the Anambra State Assembly, Mr. Uchenna Okaforassured the participants of the government’s commitment to address insecurity in the state.
He also noted that the government is determined to promote talent, citing the amusement park project to be built in the state as soon as possible as a good facility for youngsters.
Okafor also disclosed that the newly established FILM village by Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) is part of what the government is doing to promote the film industry in the state.
In his contribution, Mr Nonso Arinzethe representative of the commissioner of youth development, urged the youth to familiarize themselves with the programs and policies of the Anambra government.
Arinze said that the government has set up many development projects for the youths and reminded them of the one youth, two skills program aimed at empowering the youths of Anambra.
He said if the youths are good at what they do, the state government will help propel them to greater heights.
Earlier in his remarks, the main organizer of the event, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaemeziesaid the event was aimed at promoting the entertainment industry in Anambra State.
Nnaemezie advised the youths to be aware of their own actions and revealed that subsequent events will take place as the government is very inclusive.
ABS CEO, Chief Chido Obidiegwuassured the participants of the station’s support in projecting their activities into the public domain.
Obidiegwu encouraged young people not to be in a rush to release anything for public consumption, but to have quality content that would be salable.
Mr Marcel MANAFAone of the dignitaries who graced the occasion which featured creative performances at intervals, advised the youngsters not to slack off on their creative artistry.
Manafa said the current government is determined to propel young talents to greater heights and advised them to get involved in the process.
Mrs. Adaora Chukwudikea film scorer, praised the Department of Culture, Tourism and Entertainment for bringing the program to life.
Chukwudike called on the government to keep its word in helping the state’s young entertainment staff to come forward.
Mr David Ibekwean event organiser, said that if the government can keep its word, Anambra youths with entertainment talents will stay home to contribute to the growth and development of the state in their capacity.
Mr. Chukwuka Onuoraha man of hype, said he appreciated the commissioner’s initiative and called for his sustenance.