Why Nigerian govt is stopping production of local movies, music, abroad — Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

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.


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  • FreeNigeria

    This mumu government, they can’t provide light, good road network, security or just basic things , but they want to regulate hard working Nigerians just trying to earn a living. Lai should tax his failed and dying generations wasting our foreign exchange on Medical tourism. Your worthless children are schooling and living in overseas, bring them home to sleep in darkness and die in road accident as the common do daily in Nigeria.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U re the mumu person

    • SpeakOut

      So those roads that they’re constructing is what?, You don’t know what to say, why can’t you just keep your opinion to yourself…..

    • woman leader1

      Shut up and be appreciative because this government is here to make things work for you and I.

      • George

        Your father should shout up from his grace first animal

      • FreeNigeria

        Paid agents, when the sachet of rice they gave finish, you’ll start eating your waste. They are stealing for themselves and not making a D thing work.

        • dpfrank

          Because you are a paid agent does not mean that other decent Nigerians who come here to air their views are paid agents

    • dpfrank

      They have been staying abroad before PMB became president

  • Olatubosun

    Lai Mohammed you really spoke well sir

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed had spoken

  • Olatubosun

    God bless you sir

  • Olatubosun

    You really stated the truth sir

  • Olatubosun

    Lai Mohammed needs to be honored

  • Olatubosun

    The best minister among the ministers

  • Olatubosun

    I wonder what the haters of this administration will say

  • Olatubosun

    We appreciate you sir for unveiling the truth

  • Infoezone Infoezone

    sometimes i just find myself speechless with the kind of comments made by this minister. are this people out to destroy everything in Nigeria? what has shooting movies abroad got to do with the state of our economy. please God save us from this disaster of a government.

    • SpeakOut

      Bro abeg apply your knowledge na, Have you ever seen a Chinese man to come shoot his movie or film in Nigeria or Egypt?, like wise other developed country….

      • Infoezone Infoezone

        have u ever seen a Chinese president being away in another country for months on medical vacation?

        • SpeakOut

          Don’t derive from the matter on ground

          • George

            You must a cow like the rest your tribe people.

            Where are buhari children schooling

          • dpfrank

            They started schooling abroad when Jonathan was in office, blame Jonathan

    • woman leader1

      HMIC want the best of Nigeria and the best for Nigerians. Please be grateful.

      • dele20

        Those critics realise the effort of our minister for information and see good things coming from this APC led administration, what do you expect from the pretenders?

    • osadek

      Maybe you should read between the lines and see for yourself.

      The artistes may not tell you the heavy tax the pay for shooting movies out there, but believe you me, there are good locations where movies can be shot in Nigeria.

      Mind you, they all started from this same country, so now that they’re rich, all they can say is that NIGERIA is a place of shame.

      It’s very uncalled for

      • That is what he is refusing to understand. He was just after the headline and nothing more.

      • George

        Is buhari children schooling abroad and his hospital not paying taxes abroad.

        • dele20

          All our HMIC is talking about is how to promote our economy in Nigeria through entertaining industries. Join us to make reasonable contribution and stop criticizing this APC led administration that has just brought this good idea. Refrain from being misled by your paymasters

          • front man

            Thank you

        • dpfrank

          Buhari was not in power when his children started schooling abroad

    • Now, just listen to your self ‘what has shooting movies abroad got to do with the state of our economy’. Don’t you know that in producing ‘Nigerian made movies’ abroad, they are developing the other county’s economy?

      • UKVoter

        Have you got a reliable electricity supply? Are your roads safe? Would actors/actresses be safe from kidnappers and militants while filming on location? Nollywood is the only good thing associated with Nigeria. Would you like to see it destroyed? I think this government is attacking Igbos in a cowardly way. They want to destroy Nollywood since Igbos produce most of the films and music videos.

        • dpfrank

          You are a twister

          • front man

            Leave that guy

        • front man

          You are bias guy what has igbo got to do with this, You guys always create problems

          • Olatubosun

            Leave the guy………. He knows nothing about what is going on in the country

      • front man

        Ignorant is his problem

    • dpfrank

      That you don’t understand the benefit of what the minister said does not mean that they want to destroy the country, go and read again pls

    • front man

      Good you need to be speechless because haters are always speechless

    • Olatubosun

      You are blind to see the truth

  • Infoezone Infoezone

    buhari’s son just finished his masters abroad, saraki’s son just finished his studies abroad, buhari has been abroad for almost a year and this shameless man is talking about banning shooting films abroad. you guys are just a mistake, a very grave one at that.

    • woman leader1

      What you are saying is different from what is on ground.

      • George

        Which one is worst crime against humanity

        • progressive

          Jonathan government was worst because he so much believes in corruption

        • front man

          Oga lets support this present administration

      • Olatubosun

        I wonder o

    • progressive

      I think you all pdp e rats don’t have reasonable thing to talk about on here you are all fooling yourselves.

    • dpfrank

      Blame PDP that was in power for sixteen years without putting things in place,Buhari and Saraki sons has been outside the country schooling before PMB was elected

    • Olatubosun

      You need to check yourself

    • Olatubosun

      What are you saying.?
      Can’t you read and summarize the news and comments…
      You have a big problem

  • woman leader1

    We believe so much in you sir, and we know that with you Nigeria will be great.

    • George

      You believe in him because you an iiidiottttttt like him.

      Sample question they asked him; why is buhari in london hospital not Nigeria

      • Night Crawler

        The reason is because pdp failed to build a world class hospital in the country, and the one Goodwill built he never stayed there when he had an accident

      • progressive

        Is it a crime if a president went for medical check up out side the country anybody can fall sick so this shouldn’t be an issue at all for you to complain about

      • dele20

        You disbelieve in HMIC because you are a Nigeria’s enemy of progress

      • dpfrank

        And you a pigg without brains

    • dpfrank

      Well said

  • osadek

    Well said HMIC, the country they started from, all started from even in the midst of those huddles has now become a place of shame.

    They need to think deep

    • George

      Your buhari didn’t start here so why is the monkey in UK hospital not in his village Duara.

      • Night Crawler

        Why didn’t pdp developed the country over 16 years ago, and you want PMB to perform magic for 2 years in power

      • dele20

        Why did PDP misruled Nigeria by sucking our nation dry for 16 years?

        • progressive

          Don’t those fools who are just jumping into conclusion they think they can continue to use the media to spread their propaganda on here, kudos to HMIC keep up the good work.

      • dele20

        Unwelcoming question

      • dpfrank

        Why are you reasoning like a pigg?

    • Night Crawler

      Well said… God bless the woman that gave birth to you… Others won’t think from your idea, instead they will rather say trash

    • progressive

      Alot have been wrong in the past if not for the present administration that have taken some good step that have made things to be easy in the country

  • Sanmi Falae

    Why is the same energy not being expended on stopping piracy?

    • One at a time.

    • woman leader1

      They will surely get there.

      • dele20

        Sure

      • front man

        Yes oooo

    • Night Crawler

      Theirs time for everything… Wait and see what will happen next

    • progressive

      The government have taken a step about the privacy in the country and I know that all gear are been in front table in making sure that piracy is been stopped in thr country because is not making the movies industry to grow and HMIC have working round the clock to curb such bad act

    • dpfrank

      Plans are in place to stop piracy

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  • George

    Same Babalawo Liar Mohammedu who borrow money to trave to China in the name of trying to bring in investors.

    Where is buhari children schooling

    Where is buhari now in london Hospital

    Where is Ameachi children in Ghana hiding

    yeye people who just want to reap where they didn’t sow.

    When GEJ was developing acting these Mullahs were against him now dividend is about to start coming they are out with their mouth wide open God will fill their mouth with sands very soon.

    • progressive

      How would you see the good work the hmic is doing when corruption have taken all over your system, HMIC will not fall into your nusiance take news you are spreading out there

    • dpfrank

      PMB’s children and Amaechis has been schooling outside Nigeria before PMB was elected, let us all encourage and support new Nigeria

    • front man

      You need to visit a psychiatrist now

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U re just a brainless person

  • 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

  • Mamman Bako

    It is difficult to take this man seriously anymore. This same minister can’t stop drooling at CNN, Aljazeera, BBC when comes to providing them with Nigerian content at the detriment of our local media companies.

    • Night Crawler

      Stop been sentimental, I guess your brain is in reverse gear, kindly back up your lies with proves

      • front man

        Correct

      • Olatubosun

        I think so

    • progressive

      It a pity that people like you are out there to discredit a performing minister who has made sure that nigeria movies are been look into in making sure that the movie industry is been shot here in nigeria this is a good idea from HMIC

      • FreeNigeria

        is he going to tell the Indians and Americans to shot the movies in Nigeria too before Nigerians can watch it? is he going to tell brain dead Buhari to come home to Nigerian hospitals. There’s clinic in Aso Rock with over a billion Naira budgeted for it.

        • progressive

          It seems you are doubt you need to go through his statement again .

        • dpfrank

          You better learn to respect your leaders you pigg, how dare you call our amiable president names?

      • dpfrank

        Don’t mind that unreasonable fellow

      • Olatubosun

        Don’t mind them, they are too deaf to the truth

      • excel

        Ignore the moron, he just want to exhibit is stupidity.

    • dele20

      Nobody listens to your comment

    • dpfrank

      Can you see how unreasonable you are? So its wrong for us to promote our own?

      • front man

        Ignore him

    • front man

      Just read well and digest forget all hatred speech

      • stackCrawler

        tell him

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U have to change ur thinking…is too low

    • Olatubosun

      What are you saying?

      Please read to understand

    • excel

      You are confused, just go back and read once again may be you can understand better.

  • progressive

    Kudos to lai Mohammed this is a good step in good direction I think the nigeria movies industry need to shot movies here in nigeria so that people from outside country can also come on here to shot movies and also make nigeria movies industry to be patronize in the country

    • front man

      Good one

      • stackCrawler

        gbam

    • stackCrawler

      we stand with Lai Mohammed all the way

  • dele20

    This is a good idea to abide, kudos to our minister for information

    • Olatubosun

      Kudos

  • progressive

    Keep it up HMIC never relent on the good work you are doing.

    • dele20

      Our minister for information is unrelenting and working great for the betterment of our nation

    • front man

      Yes oooo

    • stackCrawler

      HMIC for life

  • Peter

    Whatsapp about thé music And vidéo qaulity

  • Peter

    What about qaulity

  • dele20

    Nigeria will always stand

    Nigeria will always be great

    Nigeria will always remain Nigeria

    Nigeria’s economy will always be promoted in different angles

    God bless Nigeria

    God bless PMB

    God bless HMIC

    • dpfrank

      Amen

      • stackCrawler

        gbammm

    • Olatubosun

      No shaking for that……

      • stackCrawler

        gbam

  • dpfrank

    Thanks to the HMIC for making the issue clearer

    • front man

      Thank God we have Alhaji lai muhammed as Information minister and Culture

      • Olatubosun

        You are correct…..
        A talented minister that ready to uplift this country

      • excel

        You have said it all, A man that know is onions well.

      • Charles

        you should thank satan not God, GOD is not involve.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o..
      Many thanks to him

  • front man

    Good job HMIC I know haters do not like anything about but you have been vindicated

  • front man

    God bless hmic

    • Olatubosun

      Ameen

  • front man

    There is nothing wrong in this, FG just using the medium to promote our industry and country as whole, why going abroad to do music and sell the end product here
    We have everything here now

    • Olatubosun

      You are right

    • Herbert Nwankwo

      When will they do same to banking outside Nigeria, shopping in Dubai and seeking healthcare in Europe? The movie is dominated by the Igbo n thus they want to stifle it like they stifled Nkalagu cement production so Dangote can import and sell foreign cement. It is not aimed to better Migeria, else tge would start with healthcare. Shopping. Bankin outside Nigeria that take money outside tgat should be invested at home. They are just after the igbo movies tgat go out to produce high quality films. It is jealousy taken to a new height. Now this is why we must have Biafra.

    • Charles

      why are they going abroad for medical check up, when we have good medical facility here, why is Buhari not treated at LUTH?

  • Olatubosun

    Lai Mohammed is a Messiah to the masses

    • 0tile

      Messiah for you and your colleague Kay Soyemi.

  • Olatubosun

    Our local industry must be promoted

    • Herbert Nwankwo

      Rubbish. Is Buhari promoti b g the health industry. Why are you so neive?

  • Olatubosun

    Kudos to the federal government of Nigeria

  • Ayinde

    NIGERIANS BE WARE. THESE ARE ELEMENTS THAT HAVE NO PLAN WHAT SO EVER FOR THE INDUSTRY SUDDENLY WAKING UP TO SAY THE WANT TO STOP PRODUCTION OUTSIDE. WHAT VALUE HAVE THEY BROUGHT ON BOARD. MY PEOPLE HAVE A SAYING THE PERSON THAT PROMISE TO CLOTH YOU, BETTER CRITICALLY CHECK WHAT HE HIMSELF IS PUTTING ON (WEARING).
    BEWARE ! BEWARE!! BEWARE !!!; NIGERIANS BEWARE !

    WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING.

  • Ayinde

    NIGERIANS DON’T BE FOOLED MOST OF THOSE COMMENDING LAI THE LIAR ON THIS PLATFORM ARE THOSE PAID AGENTS OF APC THAT WERE RESTED AFTER THE ELECTION. POSSIBLY THEY HAVE JUST RELEASED SOME ALLOWANCE TO THEM TO RECHARGE THEIR DATA HENCE THEIR MULTIPLE COMMENTS. BY THEIR FRUITS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM.

    • 0tile

      Why was Kay Soyemi up voting and encouraging them yesterday? I believe when he reads this new article he will whole-hardheartedly support them again. In this case he is their colleague.

  • prevail

    When incompetent persons are at the helm of affairs, and they see a mad man spit, they make laws to curtail that mad man from spitting.
    The zoo and their thinking.
    What do we expect.

    • excel

      Foolishness is when you fail to address the point of contention and result to name calling. What the HMIC his saying is well generally practice all over the world. If Nigeria must move forward we must start doing things according to the rules of the land. Though am not surprise with your ranting, it is a norm for ipod miscreant to display their stupidity this day.

  • Infoezone Infoezone

    Lol! Imagine all these hungry people praising the minister. You guys are just funny to me cos even within you feel like clowns.

    • samG60

      They have them sitting down inside one container converted office in front of computer trolling away. Don’t blame them, they are just earning their monthly #5K for survival.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigeria Federal Government, must enforce this directive and instill discipline in all sectors of the economy as Nigeria, possesses the technology-know-how and equipment, to produce music and movies locally without sourcing such production abroad.It is high time Nigeria-movies-actors and producers as well as music-CDs. producers, are compelled to patronize home made goods not relying on foreign poor-quality imported goods for sale in Nigeria.Nigerians, are too sick of imported goods.
    @Ayinde and ilk:What is wrong with some nonentity souls who openly display unpatriotic spirit mentality by not ever supporting Nigeria, to be self-sufficient and be able to sustain our selves except relying mainly on foreign goods and foreign religions even foreign names.When will Nigerians, wake up from deep-slumber and start patronizing and be proud of being Nigerians? Shameful!!!

    • Charles

      if i may ask are you a native doctor?

  • Sincere-Voice

    Nigerians like venting their anger and frustration on anything and everything, even when what they whinning about is for good. What the minister have said is a general practice all over the world, so why should our own be different? The country can’t move forward if we keep complaining and complaining all the time.

    • Sherrif Don Jos

      General practice where …. Mentioned the countries that have as their Law, with evidence…. Those countries , do they send their President abroad for medical vacation , do their children school abroad.

      • Sincere-Voice

        Stop talking like a brute! It’s a common practice in every developing countries? In America, UK and even small Ghana here have something like that. Stop talking and start making sense.

        • saudat zik

          Please answer sheriff don jos question,which country have their president away for moredan 50 days in d name of medical vacation?? Which country’s presidents and law makers have their children abroad studying?? Which country has it’s presidential jet outside its territory for moredan 50 days on a running cost?? Please am not here for any arguments, I just want you to answer my questions, simple.

          • Sincere-Voice

            Am I a presidential aide and was that the topic in discussion? I only drop a comment on making sure local content takes massive chunk in all our productions as it’s done in other places.
            I didn’t discuss the president’s health with your friend Noether did I discuss lawmakers children studying abroad with him.
            If that’s bringing you frustration, please go vent your frustration on someone else.
            Maybe I should just ask you a simple question too. Please which developing country have you seen where movies, music videos etc are completely short in other places and later brought back home for their people to consume? If you want to ask questions, why not ask sensible questions! That you’re dull doesn’t mean you should always ask insensible questions!

          • Isaac Rebecca

            If i may ask, to what extent as the government of the day supported th3 movie industry ?! Good and fine opportunities as to be tapped like the one of our artists shooting movies abroad, but som questions need to be asked. Do we have an enabling environment, law enforcement agencies to what extend can they secure your live and properties… what stops the government setting up/equipping existing hospitals to the international standard. What is good for the government should also be good for her Citizens. Thank you

          • saudat zik

            Well I guess u are d dullest person here,cox I asked you first,whether its d topik of discussion or not,its still part of d awkward things our presidents and lawmakers do which also need to b looked at,and until that is addressed, I see no reason why it should b stopped… Cheers!!

  • excel

    Good one, Is high time we patronized our local industry according to the law that guide it. Good way to go, all those criticizing the govt are just been myopic.

  • Sherrif Don Jos

    Hahahhahahahaha, with all this Clone emails , and name points Praising Lie Mohammed , its Joblessness that causes it.
    Let anybody here with all this Fake username comes out and mentioned one single project this Government have established to our entertainers.

    They re just wasting their time. We made Video here in Nigeria, on how Boko Haram , Police and Touts are terrorizing our Country. What happen , they paid the musciain and destroy all his work. Showing Both side ought to be encouraging , but what did we see, its Punishment .
    They are just wasting their time, because by August 12th to 28th…., another movie will be shooting in Dubai & Quatar , and by December it will be here in Nigeria. They can go to Hell.
    Ghana government is building a Movie world in Accra , just to accommodate Nigerians and other African Artist , here what did We get….NOTHING !!! Even common Security they wont provide . travel to see all the Roads are death trapped.
    Liar Mohammed , please where is Saraki Children , Buhari Chidren, Osibanjos, Thiefnubu, , Ekweremadu , Obasanjo.
    We brought well experince Entertainers sponsors to build Movie Village in Kano, what Happen???
    Ganduje rejected it.
    And now this Useless, suffering sinking government wanted to talk trash again…

    Chai, thank God 2019 is around the corner. !!!! can’t wait for this Lawlessness

    • Yocowa Communiti

      Sheriff, ur mama born u well…u a truly educated…dis nigeria, na scam…

  • Uchenna Anyanwu

    if these people supporting Lai Mohammed are not computer or his aides I wonder if this country can change. A country were failed leaders are celebrated, where there is high level of poverty and hardship, where a president can be abroad for 73days and counting and this same minister said the president went for check up and nothing is happening, where he lied that Buhari is still patronising local drugs in Uk, where the presidential jet is still parked in Uk and is paid by taxpayers. God help us.

  • Yocowa Communiti

    Most Nigerians will never be honest to themselves and call a spade a spade…come to think of it, what has this government done to encourage the local entertainers we have in this country? who d government help for dis local nija sef…come to think of it, we as citizens of nigeria are responsible for ourselves, i can confidently say that nothing is working in nigeria unless somebody will quote me wrong…education (not working), electricity(not working), health care system (not working), roads and transportation (not working), political system (not working), water system (not working), salaries (not working), communication systems (not working), religious system (not working completely well), industries (not working)..(please add more)…if this law or whatever it is is implemented, it is taking away the fundamental human rights of these musicians and entertainers,. afterall, the money is theirs to spend, however and wherever they want to…HMIC may be lying sha o, d guy’s name, i don’t trust dat name o, Lai (LIE)…Nigeria, may God help us…

  • Yocowa Communiti

    What the government should even be thinking about is a law to prohibit and restrict nigerian artistes and entertainers from engaging in verbal and physical wars which contribute in disintegrating and disorganising the reactions of their fans…many nigerian artistes are not displaying a mature and healthy attitude that can help set a good and commendable example for their fans…today, na wizkid and davido, tomorrow terry g and mallam spicy, tiwa savage and t-bills…d list goes on…what example are they even setting in terms of guiding the masses and their fans aright, that needs to be checked, seriously