Lagos - The Federal Government on Monday pledged to make the establishment of Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON), a regulatory body for the movie industry, a reality.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the pledge in Lagos when he received the report of the Review Committee on the establishment of the Council.
Speaking after he was handed the reviewed document by the Chairperson of the Committee, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Mohammed said government would immediately kick-start the process for the Council’s establishment.
He added that “let me sincerely thank members of the Committee for their hard work over the past several months. In particular, I commend their selfless service. I sincerely hope that their sacrifice and hard work will yield fruits by leading to the establishment of MOPICON.We will critically look at the reviewed draft document, which you have handed over to us, and immediately kick-start the process of making MOPICON a reality for the benefit of the movie industry.”
The minister cleared the air on the controversy that followed the inauguration of the review Committee on April 12.
He clarified that government had no hidden agenda and would not be part of anything that would stifle the growth of the burgeoning industry.
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In her remarks, Anyim-Osigwe said members of the Committee were unanimous in their decision to support the establishment of MOPICON.
She added that “what we come to understand and appreciate is that a Council of some sorts is required in order to make this industry work. How this Council will operate, we have advised in the document.”
She noted that in drafting the report, the Committee took into consideration all shades of opinions from stakeholders in the industry.
She added that “in this document, we have taken cognizance of all the guilds and associations and we have also taken into cognizance the uproar in the media about MOPICON and what it stands for and the misconception of what it is not.”