By Esther Onyegbula
The Association of Film Producers (AMP) has elected Mr. Mykel Paris Ajaere as the national president of the association.
The election that took place at the Association Secretariat, Sururelere, on Saturday saw Mr. Mykel Parish Ajaere emerge as the national president of the association in a highly contested election.
After the elections, Ajaere obtained a total of 25 votes to win over his opponent, Mr. Paz Anyian Osigwe, who obtained 13 votes in the elections that were carried out strictly under the guidelines on social distancing of the Lagos state government. and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the election was said to have taken place both physically and virtually as members of the state chapter zoomed in and also cast their votes.
Meanwhile, Ifeanyi Ezekwe emerges as the National Secretary of the Association, while Roseya Okwoli as Vice President, Wisdom Nwankwo as Public Relations Officer (PRO), Opeyemi Olusanya as Treasurer and Chioma Rose Ukeaja as Finance Secretary.
Meanwhile, the president-elect in his acceptance speech said that his term would be an all-inclusive government, with the long-term goal of transforming the Nigerian Nollywood industry as one of the most important film noir industries.
However, he presents his ten-point reform agenda for the association which includes, renaming the association secretariat to become a center for producers and an appropriate place with modern information technology that would allow a digital space hosting virtual meetings, conferences, and AMP membership database, including online dues payment.
Also, bring together all the aggrieved members and unify all the producers under one umbrella and amend the constitution and establish vice presidents and regional committees.
He added that we are also going to create wellness packages for our members, which include health insurance, pension plan, and also the intermediation of a financing plan of the Nollywood film industry between AMP and the Central Bank of Nigeria to obtain more flexible conditions. to receive loans.
The loan is specifically for our members to extract and increase production funds at single digit interest, also to create a film fund that would be stipulated by national film policy, to also involve other stakeholders in the fight against piracy and organized film festivals and also to use my international contact to repatriate our royalties in French speaking countries and other African countries.
Mr. Ajaere also paid an enthusiastic tribute to the association’s elders, brothers and sisters who had passed away, he also expressed sadness when practitioners get sick or die, the guild and associations stampede for money to pay hospital bills. or bury such practitioners. I want to assure everyone that things will change for the better.
“I also want to assure our members that the Nollywood industry will witness great transformation and growth during my tenure.”