The Lagos state chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) held its first meeting after a new set of executives were elected into the guild. The agenda of the meeting which held last week Thursday was to introduce the new executives of AGN Lagos chapter to member of the press and for the guild to reel out its Mission.
During a one-on-one interview with NOLLYZONE’s correspondent, the chairman of the AGN, Lagos chapter, Don Pedro Aganbi mentioned four things the guild is set out to do during his tenure.
- TO CONSULT THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT ON HOW ACTORS CAN BE PAYING TAX
“We are also going to be engaging government to see how we actors can start to pay tax from what we do. Because if we pay tax and the government knows that we pay tax, we contribute to the development of the state. When we go to them, then, they will reciprocate because by partnering with us in whatever that we do. These are some of the things that we set up to do today”.
- TRAINING AND RE-TRAINING OF ACTORS
“We are also embarking on the empowerment of our members to ensure that they are trained and re-trained because training is very key. Training is a fundamental requirement for bringing the best in people out. The more you train, the better you become. So, we’d be engaging in a lot of this developmental and empowerment of our members”.
- A STRIKE ACTION AGAINST UNREGISTERED ACTORS, DIRECTORS AND PRODUCER IN THEIR RESPECTIVE GUILDS
“In Lagos state, everyday, you get notice of all sorts of auditions. The people who are calling for these auditions are not registered with the Producers Guild or the Association of Movie Producers or Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN). A lot of these actors are not members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. So, what we are saying is that we are not going to release any of our actors to any auditions if these producers do not align with us. On a day in December, we are going to be having…we are going on a strike: we are going to be calling our actors on no work day, let us see how these producers will function without the actors. We are going to engage relevant guild heads to say if they do not put their own house in order, then we would call our actors out – we’d go on a three-day strike – In Lagos, no acting. Our task force will be going from hotel to hotel, local government to local government ensuring that Lagos state is sanitized”.
- ORGANISE A WALK TO IDENTIFY WITH THE PROGRESS THAT GOVERNOR AMBODE HAS BROUGHT TO LAGOS
“We realise that the governor of Lagos state, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode has rapidly developed the state. We are very impressed with the level of development in Lagos state and on that note; we want to have a walk for itesiwaju eko, where we’d have a walk to identify with the progress that the governor has made. For the roads development are going into the street, it has never happened, this governor should be commended for that. We are seeing some level of structure, we are seeing some level of focus, and we are seeing that the governor has fitted in very easily”.
And those were four of the missions that the current and newly elected executives of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter are set to achieve.