During his visit to the COSON HQ on Saturday, Lai Mohammed the Minister for Information announced that the federal government is making moves to amend the Nigerian Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian music videos and movies abroad.
According to the minister, the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music videos were made outside Nigeria for the consumption of Nigerians has hampered the empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.
Check out his full statement on the matter below;
‘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.
When they get there, they will patronize 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.
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.
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