Nigerian government moves to discourage shooting movies and music videos abroad

Posted on July 16 2017 , at 11:14 am
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  • Mohammed said this has denied the entertainment industry a greater development.

Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has stated it is looking to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in order to discourage production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this while visiting the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).

The Minister lamented the production of Nigerian films, reality TV shows and music outside the country. Mohammed said this has denied the entertainment industry a greater development.

‘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.

Mohammed noted Nigerian musicians of today fly out of the country to record music then return it for Nigerians to consume.

‘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.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.

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