The Federal Government has cancelled plans to build a “film village” in Kano after opposition from Muslim clerics and social media.
Reports say more than $10m (£7.6m) had been budgeted to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Hausa language film industry, known as Kannywood.
The government said the project would create thousands of job opportunities and promote cultural activities.
Muslims clerics have said the project would promote immorality.
Locals have said the project is not a priority, insisting that government should instead focus on the revival of dams for agricultural development in the area.
A presidential adviser, Abdurrahaman Kawu Sumaila, announced the cancellation of the project, saying “the people have had their say, and the government has heeded them.”