Nigerian govt to stop production of local movies, music, abroad

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

The Federal Government says it has taken steps to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known on Saturday in Lagos when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria.

The Minister decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music, were made outside Nigeria, for consumption by Nigerians.

He said the situation had hampered empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.

“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.

The Minister noted that what was happening today was that Nigerian artists were often flown out of this country to go and make their recordings.

“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.”

He stressed that “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, ” he said.

To encourage local production of films and music, the Minister said the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission had put forward a proposal to classify the Creative Industry and grant it a pioneer status.

He said with the pioneer status, the creative industry would be entitled to certain incentives and tax holiday.

The Minister said there would also be waivers for shipment of imported music and films production equipment.

He stressed that the federal government was committed to making the creative industry viable, dynamic and sustainable.

Mr. Mohammed said 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 lauded COSON and its management team for achieving a lot in seven years of existence.

“I am very proud of COSON because in terms of excellence and competence, COSON can compete with any known international brand.

“COSON is operating in a tough environment where people believe that intellectual property of people belong to no one and is meant for the use of all, without compensation.

“The body has however done a lot in copyright royalty collection and distribution since its inception in 2010,” he said.

Earlier, the chairman of COSON, Tony Okoroji, said the Society was an umbrella body to fight copyright infringements.

He recalled that for many decades, music was broadcast freely on radio and TV stations across Nigeria, and dished out in hotels, as if they belonged to no one.

He said COSON was set up to manage the collection and distribution of royalties arising from the public and commercial use of musical works and sound recordings

He said COSON was being managed in transparent manner by professionals, and had distributed over half a billion Naira in royalties since its inception in 2010.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okoroji, along with COSON management team, conducted the Minister and his entourage round the facilities at the headquarters of the organisation.

In the entourage of the Minister were the Director Generals of Nigeria Television Authority, Yakubu Mohammed, and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Mansur Liman. (NAN)


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  • 0tile

    In the first place the incompetence of Fashola is a big hindrance to industrialization. You cannot produce good products without steady electricity. His incompetence is similar to Buhari’s incompetence with petroleum. Buhari is the Minister of Petroleum yet he is not ashamed that they dig oil in the Niger Delta and he allows them to refine it outside Nigeria. Is there any good reason Nigeria cannot afford one solid working refinery? Does Buhari have any thinking faculty at all?

    • Fajuyigbe Sola

      Like Buhari has been in power for the wasted sixteen years of pure looting, why not call a spade a spade

      • Frank Bassey

        We use “Looting” to pull wool across the eyes of Nigerians. Looting is still going on even on a larger scale now. Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo said recently that effects of billions approved, donated, disbursed for the North-East are not being seen in the environment, neither in the life of the IDP camps. Prof. Itse Sayay said nothing has changed in Customs by way of looting. Reports of looting through grass-cutting and the billions owned by the Spirits in an Ikoyi-Lagos apartment, has gone into oblivion. Stop deceiving yourself, LOOTING is going on, either through cash, or through skewed appointment that favours only a section of the country. Our joy is that nemesis is dealing with the fake, dubious, hypocritical saints.

        • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

          Bassey, he who asserts must prove. Wild guesses and assumptions are bad for a sane human being!

          • Frank Bassey

            Please, assist us: What proof do you need in the Babachir Lawal’s Grass-Cutting debacle?

        • dpfrank

          I can see that you are part of the looters who want the status quo remain the same

          • Frank Bassey

            Please stop deceiving yourself. LOOTING, worse than what happened under Jonathan is going on now. Where is the report on Babachir Lawal’s grass cutting looting? Who is looting the donations and allocations made for the North-East IDPs? Under Abacha, who did the looting? Nigeria must surely be restructured. Let every state go an loot from its own resources. Period.

      • xandril

        Did you get the sense he is trying to make? He highlighted a basic fact. You can’t complain of something you are guilty of. You take out our oil and bring back finished products for us to consume, claiming refineries are not functional. The movies are taken out to bring back finished pdts. Anyway, it’s actually a daft thinking by the government. If you make the industry viable,by providing the basics, no one would spend more outside to make less profit

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Did YOU get the basic point Fajuyigbe Sola was making too?

          • Otile

            Chief oduafraudian tout, you have unleashed your buddies to pollute the atmosphere. Fuck_off fake esquire.

        • Night Crawler

          If things were in place for it, we won’t be where we are today. Now that they want to right the wrong of pdp failure for 16 years, you are complaining

          • dele20

            The problem Nigeria is facing now is by the corruption of the previous administration

        • dpfrank

          He is not making any sense

      • Night Crawler

        His been sentimental based on issue on ground

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U don’t have a point mr….16yrs of pdp in power nothing was done
      .just 2 yrs of buhari nigerians no go sleep….abeg go sleep so u brain can reboot

      • front man

        Don’t mind him

      • Olatubosun

        Change begins with me

      • dele20

        His comment is irrelevant

    • front man

      Your hatred for buhari has really affected your reasoning, your lord Jonathan didn’t repair refineries why blaming pmb

      • dele20

        Jonathan sucked Nigeria dry

      • dpfrank

        Don’t mind that hypocrite

    • Night Crawler

      If pdp in the past 16 years took their time to repair the refinery, we won’t be exporting crude to be refined outside the country

      • Olatubosun

        Pdp destroyed our country

      • dele20

        Good reply

    • dele20

      Niger delta-diots

    • dele20

      Be-a-full-rat

    • dpfrank

      You are a pigg to talk to our President like that

      • Democles

        Someone needs to take away your internet connection.

  • Olugbon&Arèsá, Nigeria

    Likewise, politicians should stop going abroad for medical treatment and also stop sending their kids to schools overseas. There is nothing wrong shooting movies abroad, even Hollywood does that.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U can only talk like dis wen there is no sense

      • dele20

        What do you expect from a critic?

        • Olugbon&Arèsá, Nigeria

          In ancient time, great men are critics. So far criticism is done constructively without rancour, it’s acceptable. Read about Thales of Miletus, Prodicus of Ceos, Socrates and Plato of Athens.

          • Democles

            Do not waste your time or effort on informed replies or quality attempts at reasoning with these common folk. Its evident that the illogical illusory superiority that pervades each unsarcastic comment upvoting the article and hailing the very government and officers that keep them imprisoned within the matrix of ignorance and disabilty, is only telling of the cognitive bias that stunts their perception of reality and reception of enlightened opinions.

      • Olugbon&Arèsá, Nigeria

        Such a gentleman you are! I wasn’t rude to you or anyone, merely expressing my opinion. Why the insult? So disheartening to have people like you here.

    • front man

      I like that we should promote the country first before moving abroad to shoot films

      • Olatubosun

        Good idea

    • Night Crawler

      They can shoot movies abroad but the final production should be in the country

      • Olatubosun

        Good initiative

      • Olugbon&Arèsá, Nigeria

        Some prefer to send their kids to school abroad while others seek medical treatment outside the shore of this country, because they believe that is where they can get the best quality and service. I’m sure this is the same reason why some of our movie producers and directors travel abroad to get their work done too. Of course, there are so many movies and musical videos of good qualities shot locally in the past. To me, it all depends on what you want as a producer or director. Why would I go abroad to shoot or produce a movie, if I can get it done at home perfectly and cheaply?

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Less cost production in the movie industry with high earning

    • front man

      Exactly

  • front man

    I know your haters will criticize everything but they shall soon realize that you are the best info minister

    • Night Crawler

      His the best of his kind, and the mouthpiece for the poor

      • dele20

        Yes oooo, he is the voice of the masses

      • Olatubosun

        You are correct

    • dele20

      The haters already know that HMIC is still the best minister but what do you expect from the pretenders?

  • front man

    This is Good honestly Nigeria artists should use their talents to promote this country

    • Night Crawler

      Well said and it will help promote the creative industry

      • dele20

        Exactly

      • Olatubosun

        Yes o

    • dele20

      Exactly, we Nigerians need to always focus on promoting economy of our nation

  • Night Crawler

    This is a welcome development, we are getting there and we will surely get to our destination. It’s only intellectual who can reason this far… Kudos to Alh Lai Mohammed

    • dele20

      Yes oooo

    • Olatubosun

      You are correct

    • woman leader1

      No doubt about that

  • dele20

    The Nigerian artists need to get stopped from patronizing the economy of the other country by going out of our nation to shoot their films and bringing back their products to us.

    Nigerian economy has to always be promoted. Kudos to our minister for information for this development and great idea

    • dpfrank

      We need to promote our own

    • woman leader1

      Thank God we have the right man for the job.

      • dele20

        We need to thank God for that

  • dele20

    Our minister for information Lai Mohammed has spoken well

  • dele20

    To the minister for information, more grease to your elbow

  • Olatubosun

    Kudos to our honorable minister of information

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed is moving this glorious country of ours forward

    • woman leader1

      Yes oo

  • woman leader1

    Kudos to hmic of our time.

    • Border_Marksman

      @woman_leader:disqus Not only of our time but of ALL TIME! He is the greatest and the most handsome, don’t you agree?

    • stackCrawler

      we stand with HMIC all the way

  • dpfrank

    Well said Sir, its high time we start promoting music and films made in Nigeria.

    • dele20

      Exactly

      • stackCrawler

        gbam

    • stackCrawler

      thats the way

    • Democles

      Like this? Via brazen and daft tomfoolery? Let’s not be silly here.

  • Border_Marksman

    This handsome and smart man has done it again! His brilliance and handsomeness know no bounds. This is pure genius. All things must be produced and consumed by Nigerians in this country. No more seeking anything outside of Nigeria. No more London hospitals! No more Dubai vacations! No more US (Harvard especially) degrees or certificates! No more South African babes! No more, no more!

    • thusspokez

      The man is a first-class nincompoop.

      • Border_Marksman

        I’m glad you enjoyed the sarcasm

  • stackCrawler

    HMIC all the way

    • front man

      Yes oooo

  • thusspokez

    “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.”

    This man is talking nonsense! Does the Nigerian government fund these movies or are they private ventures? If they are funded with private fund then what right has any government in the world got to demand businesses that export to their country must be located in that country?

    What about foreign movie makers who go to Nigeria to make movies for consumption in their home countries. And what about movies made in Nigeria and exported to other African countries?

    Is this stúpid minister equally going to demand that (say) all Chinese, UK, USA, Indian, French businesses which export goods to Nigeria but all relocate to Nigeria? I am asking the questions that lazy Nigerian journalists should have asked the fóól.

    The way you attract these movie makers (or any business for that matter) to relocate to Nigeria is to offer them subsidies or tax concessions, training., etc. This is what government across the world do to attract businesses to their countries. This fóóls issues a decree as if Nigeria is still a military regime. I despair for Nigeria!

  • tsunami1earthquake

    A very good one from the minister. This idea is fully supported!

  • daygea

    Another great development from the minister. Kudos.