Thomas made this known during a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba in Zaria.
Thomas said that the proposed collaboration was in furtherance of the board’s mentorship programme earlier launched for upcoming industry players, especially theatre and other creative arts undergraduates in Nigerian universities.
According to him, the board is set to equip young theatre practitioners from the North West with practical knowledge of the movie industry besides their academic experience.
“The choice of ABU for this partnership is strategic because of its reputation as a center-point for raising outstanding entrepreneurs not just in the region but across the country and beyond.
“As the key regulator of the Nigerian motion picture industry, NFVCB has decided to bring practical knowledge of how the sector works to these potential filmmakers to secure the future of our movie industry.
“We are teaching them classifications and rating of videos and films as well as productive use of social media in order to properly position them for opportunities that abound in the industry.
“A lot of these youths are script writers, actors and directors, but there is need to bridge the gap between the classroom knowledge and the industry demands to chart a direction for themselves,’’ he said.
He said that as the Nigerian movie industry offered more opportunities, there was need to teach undergraduates how to create value and prosperity for themselves from the sector.