NAFTI to get support for upgrading

Prof Linus AbrahamThe National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) is to benefit from a 35 million euro grant, being arranged by the government, to upgrade its facilities for enhanced training.

Mr. Edward Ato Sarpong, Deputy Minister of Communications, announced this at the 16th matriculation ceremony of NAFTI in Accra on Friday.

He explained that the government was in the process of finalising negotiations for the facility, and expressed optimism that the Institute would be able to use it to upgrade its operations towards executing its mandate.

He commended the management of NAFTI for the efforts in promoting quality training and professionalism in the film industry, and assured it of government’s continued support.

In all, 80 fresh students were admitted to pursue various programmes.

Professor Linus Abraham, Rector of NAFTI, in his address, congratulated the students on their admission, saying they had been admitted at a time when the institute was transforming itself to better serve the needs of the country.

He noted that, NAFTI, being a television institute is transforming itself into a media and creative arts university that will better serve the growing demands in the creative and media arts industry.

According to him, the school admits limited numbers because of the inadequate equipment and the intensive nature of the training, adding “before 2010 the institute was admitting just about 30 students annually.”

Prof Abraham said the increase in admission partly reflects NAFTI’s realisation of its responsibility to ensure that the media industry in Ghana was filled with the appropriate expertise to enhance the development of the industry.

By Ernestina A. Boateng       

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