Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) received a boost on Wednesday when Senate president Bukola Saraki donated the sum of N5m for ailing actors.
The kind gesture was made during a courtesy visit by members of the guild at the Lagos residence of Saraki.
While briefing the number three citizen about the recently launched AGN Foundation which is mandated to generate a Five Hundred Million Naira endowment (N500m) fund for ailing actors and also to engage in community development project, President of AGN, Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas said:
“Veterans who have contributed to the development of the industry most times do not have anything to fall back on after so long number of years of service. Some move on to other businesses or sectors while some faces varnish with time.
“In the recent past the guild have lost prominent veteran actors to serious illnesses due to certain medical conditions which could have been averted if there was a medium or platform set aside to harness the strength of the association to fund medical treatment of our own or a source for funding from philanthropist or Nigerians to help rescue their legends…”
In his response, elated Saraki who described the actors as great ambassadors of the country promised to initiate all necessary legislative structure to make the movie practitioners have conducive environment to ply their craft.
Excited former President of the guild and chairman AGN Foundation fund raising committee, veteran actor, Segun Arinze thanked the senate president for the kind gesture and promised that his donation would be used judiciously for the benefit of ailing actors.