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Actors Guild president highlights challenges of providing healthcare for Nollywood artistes

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“By the time we clock 100 days in office, the health insurance and the pension scheme would have been in place. As I speak, I’m just waiting for the data to ascertain how many actors and actresses who are members of the AGN”.

The above quote was Ibinabo Fiberesima’s words when she was inaugurated as the first AGN female president on November 4, 2012.

On February 14, 2013, her tenure clocked 100 days and so far the health scheme has not yet been fully implemented. Much has been done and some headway made on the project by the present administration but could be hastened to help provide much needed help for Ngozi Nwosu and others who currently need it.

Some of the actors contacted under conditions of anonymity expressed the view that though the scheme seems slow, there is light after the tunnel. They all agreed that the health scheme introduced by Ibinabo is a welcome idea for Nollywood.

When contacted to know why the promise made by her over 100 days ago has not yet been fully achieved, Ibinabo highlighted the challenges being faced by her administration to have fully implemented the health scheme she promised during her inauguration;

“We have sealed the HMO (Health Maintenance Organization). Life Insurance is taking a bit of time because they (HMO) need our dates of birth. I also have started collecting database of actors. I try as much to stick to my promises. It’s hard when people don’t conform. You must understand that. I have been visiting veterans in the industry to convince them why the health plan and insurance is paramount. We are getting there.”

“It starts from $100 to $150 a year. We also have $300 a year package. It is a fair deal. It covers quite a lot of medicals.”

We also have free medical checks for our members as well. Not only veterans have the problem of lack of money and jobs. It’s a general situation. Because producers use their ‘own’ people for jobs instead of AGN members.”

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Ibinabo Fiberesima

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