The plan has been criticised by a number of celebrities.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has moved to clarify the purpose of government’s move to ban film productions of Nigerian origin being done abroad.
According to Mohammed in an interview with Premium Times, he said that the planned ban was aimed at tackling the perceived loopholes in the Nigerian Broadcasting Code.
‘The NBC code today as it stands has been exploited and not defined and that’s why movies being directed by Nigerians with Nigerian actors, actresses can be shot in South Africa and then brought back to be consumed in Nigeria.’
Mohammed added, ‘All we are saying is that we are going to amend the code in a manner that it will not be possible for you to exploit any loophole there to go and shoot outside Nigeria film, music or programs that are meant to be consumed in Nigeria.’
He said the Federal Government’s plan regarding such productions was met with criticism, but Mohammed stated that the step is not directed to a particular situation.
‘It is not directed at any particular incident, every country should respect the local industry of other countries.
‘For example, in Ghana they introduced a law today that demands visiting actors to pay a thousand dollars to the government coffers while visiting directors and producers pay 5,000 dollars.
‘We must create an enabling environment and also generate revenue from our creative industry.
‘The argument is simple, when you go to shoot a film offshore, you use the work force of that country to develop the capacity of that country and you improve the economy of that country and that is what we are trying to do here.’
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