Nigerian govt to stop production of local movies, music, abroad
The Federal Government says it has taken steps to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known on Saturday in Lagos when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria.
The Minister decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music, were made outside Nigeria, for consumption by Nigerians.
He said the situation had hampered empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.
“This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria.
“We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria.
“The Broadcasting Code and the Advertising Code are very clear on this.
“For you to classify a product as a Nigerian product, it must have a certain percentage of Nigerian content,” he said.
The Minister noted that what was happening today was that Nigerian artists were often flown out of this country to go and make their recordings.
“When they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume.
“It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine.”
He stressed that “as long as we are not able to implement our own code to ensure local production of Nigerian music and movies, , our young talents will not get jobs”.
“It is Nigerians that pay for the consumption of these products and therefore they must be allowed and encouraged to participate in their production.
“I am going to meet with the relevant stakeholders over this, to see that whatever amendment that is needed to be made to our Broadcasting Code in this regard, is done urgently, ” he said.
To encourage local production of films and music, the Minister said the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission had put forward a proposal to classify the Creative Industry and grant it a pioneer status.
He said with the pioneer status, the creative industry would be entitled to certain incentives and tax holiday.
The Minister said there would also be waivers for shipment of imported music and films production equipment.
He stressed that the federal government was committed to making the creative industry viable, dynamic and sustainable.
Mr. Mohammed said as one of the key areas for diversification of the economy, the creative industry would be private sector-driven, while government would create the enabling environment for its growth.
The Minister lauded COSON and its management team for achieving a lot in seven years of existence.
“I am very proud of COSON because in terms of excellence and competence, COSON can compete with any known international brand.
“COSON is operating in a tough environment where people believe that intellectual property of people belong to no one and is meant for the use of all, without compensation.
“The body has however done a lot in copyright royalty collection and distribution since its inception in 2010,” he said.
Earlier, the chairman of COSON, Tony Okoroji, said the Society was an umbrella body to fight copyright infringements.
He recalled that for many decades, music was broadcast freely on radio and TV stations across Nigeria, and dished out in hotels, as if they belonged to no one.
He said COSON was set up to manage the collection and distribution of royalties arising from the public and commercial use of musical works and sound recordings
He said COSON was being managed in transparent manner by professionals, and had distributed over half a billion Naira in royalties since its inception in 2010.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okoroji, along with COSON management team, conducted the Minister and his entourage round the facilities at the headquarters of the organisation.
In the entourage of the Minister were the Director Generals of Nigeria Television Authority, Yakubu Mohammed, and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Mansur Liman. (NAN)
Nigerian Army honours comedian I Go Dye
The Nigerian Army through the Chief of Army staff, General TY Burutai has presented popular comedian, Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye with an award of commendation for positively projecting the laudable virtues of the institution and his unwavering support.
Recall that last month, the humour merchant joined other eminent African leaders to receive the 2017 African Child Prize which he dedicated to the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces, whom, he said have been resolute in their war against terrorism and commended their singular act of returning some of the abducted Chibok girls, back to the waiting arms of their families. The excited Delta State born comedian took to his instagram page to express his gratitude to the Nigerian army, while also pledging his continued support “ Never did I envisage that my little contribution will be identified for commendation. I’m indeed grateful for this honour presented to me by the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian army. It will challenge many others to cooperate and expand partnership with the army, promoting a sense of responsibility to all citizens of this country to understand that the fight against terrorism and other agitations are in our best interest. I will continue to use this medium to seek support, using my artistic work to project and express the laudable virtues of this noble institution.” he enthused. The comedian further expressed optimism that the honour will change the perception of ordinary citizens towards the Nigerian army.