THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – While on a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) yesterday, Saturday, the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed that the federal government (FG) has taken steps to amend Nigeria Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.
Report says the minister decried the situation where films, reality TV shows and music were made outside Nigeria for consumption by Nigerians, explaining that it hampered empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.
The minister said:
‘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.’
According to the minister, to encourage local production of films and music, the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) had put forward a proposal to classify the creative industry and grant it a pioneer status.
With the pioneer status, the minister explained that, the creative industry would be entitled to certain incentives and tax holiday. This would include waivers for the importation of film and music production equipment.