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No more shooting of movies, music videos outside Nigeria – Lai Mohammed tells entertainers

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Lai Mohammed tells entertainers

The Federal Government has decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music videos are shot outside Nigeria for consumption by Nigerians, hence, all of that has got to stop. This declaration was made known by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Saturday in Lagos when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON. Lai Mohammed tells entertainers.

The Minister opened up on steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, NBC to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country. According to Alhaji Mohammed, the situation has hampered empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.

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Lai Mohammed tells entertainers

Lai Mohammed tells entertainers

His words: “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.”

The Information Minister further noted that what is happening today is that Nigerian artists are often flown out of this country to go and make their recordings. He said, “When they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume.

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“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. 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.

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“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,” the Minister stressed.

Lai Mohammed tells entertainers

To encourage local production of films and music, the minister said that Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission had put forward a proposal to classify the creative industry and grant it a pioneer status. He said that with the pioneer status, the creative industry would be entitled to certain incentives and tax holiday.

“There would also be waivers for shipment of imported music and films production equipment. The Federal Government is committed to making the creative industry viable, dynamic and sustainable.

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“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 added.

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