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Lai Mohammed explains why Nigerian govt is stopping production of local movies & music abroad

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to criticisms trailing his recent pronouncement on steps being taken by the government to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.

In a chat with Premium Times, on Sunday, he said it was to tackle the exploitation of perceived loopholes in the Nigerian Broadcasting Code, NBC.

“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.

“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,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Mr. Mohammed on Saturday said the government had taken steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, NBC to put an end to the trend of producing Nigerian music, movie and programs abroad.

This however drew criticism from Nigerians who asked the minister to address the issue of government officials going for medical treatment abroad first before sanitising the movie industry.

However, the minister said the government had no ill-feeling in its move to dissuade Nigerian films from being produced abroad.

“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.”

Meanwhile, some Nigerian artistes have reacted to the development.

Jude Okoye, Manager and elder brother to multiple award winning duo, P-square took to Instagram to lambast the federal government, describing the plan as an exercise in hypocrisy.

“An industry they never encouraged, supported or empowered is what they now want to control. Let all of you stop running to abroad when you are sick.

“You people are the ones refusing to fix our health facilities so you travel out when mosquito bite ‘una.’ So why tell us where to record when you can’t provide uninterrupted power here in Nigeria. Sometime I wonder how we got it all wrong.”

In his reaction, Peter Okoye, one of the P-square duo said the government should be grateful to entertainers “for putting Nigeria in a good light despite the shame they bring upon the country.”

“The government has been failing us since 1960,” sometimes am ashamed to be called a Nigerian. Another nationality loading,” he tweeted.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Omoye Imoloame

    July 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Mr Lai Weldon sir

  2. Cherrygirl

    July 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Somehow they mean well but they should put some necessary things in place like electricity

  3. Olivia Uli

    July 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Just look like pig
    Busy body

  4. Habeebllah Ibn Yusuf

    July 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I kw u will have stupid reason

  5. Habeebllah Ibn Yusuf

    July 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I kw u will have stupid reason

  6. Valentine Nwankwo

    July 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    They should talk another.

  7. Valentine Nwankwo

    July 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    They should talk another.

  8. Nwachukwu Belinda Nkem

    July 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Original Oga Lai I sight you sir

  9. Mira Monroe

    July 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Ordinary ya president is put side for sickness, why didn’t he use the medical workforce here so we can improve our economy. Awon oniranu,onirase. Who una epp? Hypocrites

    • Mira Monroe

      July 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Is outside

  10. Edwin Eddreamz Chinedu Azubuko

    July 17, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Foolish swines.. They should first stop taken their kids to study abroad and having their treatment abroad to… Scums.

  11. Ola Bayo

    July 17, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    This man should just shut up his mouth

  12. Babatunde Elizabeth

    July 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Mr lie will never shut up he continue to give more lies and call it reason

  13. plumpyj

    July 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    You can not enforce such laws without structures in place mr lie.

  14. Gregory Moore Jr.

    July 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    This guy is a pricky punk

  15. Bold Omo T Maryam

    July 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Mr Man face watin concern u , give us good information not all this (D best liar of d year)

  16. Nene Stine

    July 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Lai lai see as u dey lie

  17. Queen Precious Ufuoma

    July 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Shut up

  18. Dinma Omeje

    July 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Rubbish

  19. Gloria Golden

    July 18, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Nothing that comes out from that pot mouth I believe

  20. Okoro Chinasa

    July 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

    They should also stop their children from skuln outside too

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