In his avowed determination to take the Entertainment Industry in Akwa Ibom to a greater height, the Special Assistant on Entertainment Industry, Mr David Sergeant has inaugurated a 19-man working committee to develop a blueprint to guide the transformation of all the sub sectors in the industry.
Utang Akwa Ibom, as he is popularly called, however, expressed delight at the caliber of the Akwa Ibom sons and daughters appointed to serve in the Akwa Ibom State Entertainment Industry Working Committee.
According to the governor’s aide, given the dwindling fortunes of the nation as a result of falling oil prices, it was pertinent to diversify the State’s economic dependence from oil to the non-oil sectors, stressing that “the Entertainment industry is one of the sectors that must generate revenue to the State”
He said that the committee was made up of members who are technocrats and key players in the entertainment industry.
The governor’s Special Assistant stated that the reason for the committee is to take the sector to the next level as well as come up with modalities on how to generate revenue to the State. He mentioned that the members were drafted not because of favouritism, but due to their contributions and wealth of experience over the years.
He further pointed out that the expected growth can only be achieved by collective efforts.
Mr Sergeant however, called on the members to see their appointments as a sacrifice and a call to service, as the entertainment industry is critical to the five point agenda of the Udom Emmanuel led administration.
The members of the newly constituted team took turns to make statements of appreciation and pledged to rise up to the new responsibility given them.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom State Entertainment Industry Working Committee is chaired by the Special Assistant; Mr David Sergeant, with an ace Comedian; Mr James Essien (Sir James) as Secretary. Those in the advisory committee are: Mrs Ini Ikpe-Etim, Mr Christopher Stephen (Mista Xto) Mr Nature Udoh, Mr Armstrong Moses, Mr Godfada Uko and Evang Eno Williams
In other subsectors like Music, dance, comedy Disc Jockey and movie, the members are: IceKid Icekyd, Pastor Goddy Goddy, Idongesit Ntuk of the UNIK family and Emmanuel Owuala (Emma Solution). Brandiny Mbang, Prince Goldenchild, Mr Nelson Nseabasi, Ekemini Bassey (Asteroid), Precious Andrew (Dj Ristzy), Moses Eskor and Delytsome Emmanuel.