By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Theater Arts and Motions Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) on Monday denied media reports that it has abandoned Nollywood popular actor, Babatunde Omidina, a.k.a Baba Suwe, who is currently on a sick bed.
The National President of the Association, Otunba Bolaji Amusan who debunked the reports while speaking with journalists, described the reports as falsehood, said it was being sponsored by mischief-makers, explaining that, the association has been up and doing in regards the healthcare of the ailing entertainer, as well as others.
He revealed that the veteran actor has been on the health bill of the association since 2017, under the administration of immediate past President, Dele Odule and still much on it, adding that, as at three days ago, he (Amusan) was in contact with the ailing theater practitioner.
The President of the association said as update to the development he has just instructed the Lagos State Executive of the association to check on him (Baba Suwe) to ascertain level of his health progress.
Hear him further, ‘I can tell you that we have not abandoned Baba Suwe, as well as any of our members, as being speculated in some quarters by mischief-makers. Just three days ago, I was in touch with him, and as I am talking to you now, I have directed the Lagos State Executive of the association to go and check on him, for us to have update on his health condition.
Amusan stated that, as part of measures on the welfare of the over 10,000 members, the association will effective from March commence insurance scheme for them, and also encourage members to key into the scheme.
The National President also disclosed that, the association has designed a new policy to discourage members or association from leaving from hand to mouth, or going cap in hand to make ends meet.
His words, ‘It is shameful for the association to be going cap in hand to survive, and for members to be leaving from hand to mouth. We want to discourage this, our profession is a noble one and we should not be seen as beggars.’