By Josephine Obute/ Deborah Oladeji
Lagos – The Lagos State Government(LASG) in partnership with Colvi Ltd., a privately owned photographic outfit, is to spend N2.5 million to train 100 girls in modern cinematography.
Mr Ifeanyi Oputa, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Colvi Ltd.,( a.ka. Studio 24), disclosed this during an interactive session with some journalists at the Lagos office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said that his outfit would be collaborating with the Lagos State Education Trust Fund (LSETF) to implement the programme under its project tagged, ‘Sumtin4DGirls’ for six months.
He said that it was designed for only young girls between 18years and 35 years, who were economically at a disadvantage.
He noted that the project was to relieve beneficiaries from some of the challenges facing the female gender in the country.
“We are partnering the Lagos State Government, the Royal Photographic Society of the United Kingdom and a host of others to train 100 girls from Lagos State for a start .
“After that, we would train 100 girls each from the other 35 states of the country.
“The girls would be trained for six months in photography, videography, photo retouching/editing, makeup, marketing and leadership skills.’’
He said that the programme would be officially unveiled on Saturday, Aug. 19, in Ikeja as part of activities to commemorate the 2017 World Photography Day usually observed on Aug.18.
Oputa said that the project would be free for successful candidates that would be for girls resident in Lagos selected on merit.
The outfit would provide transportation fare and lunch to those that it would train in Lagos State on daily basis, Oputa said.
The photography expert said that the choice of reaching out to young girls was because the current labour market was dominated by men.
“The system practically does not favour the female gender, the labour industry is currently dominated by the male gender and that explains why we have had cases of child trafficking, rape and abuse,” he said.
He said that at the end of the training, the LASG through its Employment Trust Fund, (LSETF) would equip the girls with cameras and other work tools worth N250,000 to take off.
He said that the amount would be converted to soft loans for the beneficiaries who would be expected to pay it back within 15 months at a single-digit interest rate.
Oputa said that the assistance to the beneficiaries would reduce crises affecting feminine gender in the country.
Also, the project director, Mowumi Obidiran, said that the organization was looking for how to channel its spirit of giving to women in need.
She said that it was also aimed at improving the level of expertise of women in cinematography and come up with quality talents that could drive the industry into the future.
“We are giving back to the society, making sure that the good capacity out there are used in diverse ways, rearing multi-skilled girls, who will not just fend for themselves but also for the society.’’
Obidiran said that several women were economically dependent on men adding that this was one of the areas the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN was focusing on eradicating.
She listed other outfits that would partner her organization to include: Canon Camera Company, DNP, manufacturers of printers, Tara Make-up and Royal Photographic Society of United Kingdom. (NAN)