Bayelsa State Government says it has concluded arrangements for the successful hosting of the 2013 edition of African Movies Academy Awards (AMAA) scheduled to hold in Yenagoa between 13th and 20th of April, 2013. The one week programme is expected to feature among others; Film in a Box Training for 500 students, Praise Jam, (an evening of praise and prayers to start the AMAA week), Book and Craft Fairs, Musical concert and awards to distinguished artistes within and outside the shores of the Country.
Briefing Government House correspondents on the level of preparedness, the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson expressed the hope that the achievements and overall success being envisaged from this year’s AMAA will surpass all previous ones.
The Governor disclosed that, concerted efforts were being made to attract private sectorparticipation in this year’s AMAA to make it bigger and achieve much wider acceptance by a greater section our society.
Hon. Dickson explained that, already some key players in the private sector of the economy are collaborating with the State Government to bankroll part of the entire cost of running this year’s AMAA, adding that Globacom, Sterling Bank Plc and host of other notable establishments have agreed to be part of AMAA 2013.
Highlighting the Tourism potentials of the state, Hon. Dickson said hosting of AMAA, will aside from attracting personalities far and wide, will also boost the confidence of local and foreign investors, who will in turn create employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the State. According to him, this year’s event as specified in the programme starts with the training of 500 youths in their various choice of careers.
The Bayelsa State Chief Executive used the opportunity to assure visitors and residents of the state of the security and safety before, during and after AMAA celebrations and reaffirmed his administration’s policy of zero tolerance for crimes and criminality. Calling on the people of the state to utilize the opportunities and maximize the gains, Governor Dickson said the essence of the programme is to showcase the tourism, investment and overall economic potentials of the state to the rest of the world.