“Count us out !” NFC dissociates agency from $800million USD beneficiary report

A News report that the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), is a beneficiary of an $800million USD garnishee awarded against the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has been debunked by the agency.
The Federal Government agency saddled with the responsibility of managing Nigeria’s audio-visual said that its attention was drawn to a recent publication on a popular online news application platform, ‘Opera News’ dated September 13, 2023, attributing the story to a reporter of Thisday Newspaper publication.
The NFC, in the statement issued on Wednesday in Jos, the Plateau State capital, by its Director of Public Affairs , Brian Etuk disclaimed the report which delineated that the NFC was the initiator and subsequent beneficiary of the garnishee order as a result of breach in contractual obligations between her and the FCTA.
The statement read partly;
“There has never been any breach of legal obligations between the NFC and the FCTA, let alone a garnishee award in her favour against the FCTA.
“The NFC has neither sued or obtained any court judgment against the FCTA. It is therefore, unfortunate that the NFC was attributed to have been a beneficiary of the garnishee award, the statement averred.
Expressing his disappointment, Brian noted that the NFC is saddened by the report which it described as unfortunate and unacceptable.
He revealed that, the NFC has initiated appropriate action to legally address the matter, among others is a demand for a retraction of the news report, which may include an unreserved public apology by ThisDay Publishers/newspaper/correspondent/reporter and Opera News online, given the grave injury caused by the said story.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, who expressed NFC’s displeasure about the Corporation’s portrayal in the said story, has said that the NFC and FCTA enjoys a robust relationship and will continue to partner for the joint hosting of Zuma Film Festival, Nigeria’s national film festival which was consummated through a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2021, and which also designated Abuja as the official host city.
Dr. Maduekwe in the statement commended the FCTA for partnering with the NFC to jointly host the annual film festival, which has the capability to continuously upscale the promotion of creative ingenuity and film business opportunities available in Nigeria, with the sole objective of making Nigeria, through Abuja a film production destination hub in Africa.
The statement further quotes Dr. Maduekwe as saying that the first NFC–FCTA joint mounting of the film festival at the prestigious International Conference Centre, Abuja May, 2022, led to the policy pronouncement of a 35 percent rebate as part of the needed film production incentives for both Nigerian and foreign Filmmakers who undertake to shoot within the Federal Capital Territory. Preparations to host yet another impactful national film festival for year 2023 themed “Cultural Convergence ” are ongoing. The Film festival will take place December 1st – 10th, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
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