The Nigerian Government has pledged its support to the 2018 winner of the African Documentary Award, Miss Dorcas Bello as she sets for the intercontinental documentary challenge in the United States next year.

The Governor Simon Lalong led government of Plateau, Miss Bello's home State on Tuesday said the welfare and development of its citizens especially youths is top among its priorities.

Receiving the continental documentary winner in Jos, the Information and Communication Commissioner of the Central Nigerian State, Yakubu Datti praised Miss Bello's victory as having added to the existing records of excellence by the State in the area of tourism.

"In Plateau State, we have a history of excellence in two areas - sports and film making, and I'm glad that Dorcas has stepped in to continue what we have long started," he said.

Represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Information and Communication Ministry, Mr. Ishaya Turba, the Commissioner pledged his readiness collaborate with the organizers of the competition towards the identification and promotion of more talents in the film industry.

The winner of the 2018 competition held in October in the Nigerian capital city, Abuja, dedicating the award to the state lauded the Government's efforts at educational and rural development which she identified as the root of her success in film making.

"Let me particularly thank the Government led by the great governor Bar Simon Lalong, who has not only focused on the development of education at all levels in the state but has also consolidated on grassroots development, women and youth empowerment, and the pursuit of peace and security for both indigenes and visitors to our state," She said.

She particularly attributed her professional breakthroughs to the accreditation, manpower and capital development of the Plateau State University Bokkos, her alma mata by the Lalong administration.

"I must say that I was particularly inspired by your great works especially in my school," the film maker stated.

Miss Bello who by her victory at the continental challenge has been appointed an automatic ambassador of the African International Documentary Foundation pledged to use her skills to project the values and potentials of the state to the global audience for more enhanced patronage and partnerships.

She said "I have come in the company of senior officials of the AFIDFF to inform you about the AFIDFF and to share with you the plans to also tell the stories of culture, peace and developmental strides in plateau state."

The African International Documentary Foundation was founded to promote the African heritage, providing a platform for Africans to "tell their own story" through documentary films, the foundation's Programs Director, Mrs. Afiniki Mangzha said.

This year's challenge according to her focused on the scorch of Polio and the ways to end its spread in Africa.

Miss Bello's entry among numerous other entries stood out for its human angle treatment which focused on one unique character, Mrs. Mangzha said.

As a result of Miss Dorcas' efforts, the Abuja based character in her film who is a polio survivor has gotten a mobility aid from the Rotary International Club, it was learnt.

Miss Bello is expected to star at the intercontinental rounds of the competition in Chicago, United States of America next year alongside other winners from other continents.

She is however expected to undergo training under the AIDF for one year while working on several documentary projects with the foundation.