Lai Mohammed Excited That FG’s Support For Creative Industry Paying Off

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    The increased attention and support being given the Creative Industry
    by the Buhari Administration has started yielding fruits, the Minister
    of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.

    According to a statement signed by his SA, Segun Adeyemi, he expressed this while speaking at the premiere of the movie ”Wedding Party 2” in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister listed the pioneer status granted to the
    Industry, the stepped-up anti-piracy campaign and the decision to seek
    stimulus capital for the Industry from the Central Bank of Nigeria
    (CBN) as some of the positive results.

    He recalled that shortly after the Creative Industry Financing
    Conference in Lagos earlier in the year, he led a delegation of the
    film industry stakeholders to the Inspector General of Police, which
    resulted in the formation of anti-piracy units in all the 36 states of
    the federation

    ”The subsequent extensive piracy raids have now resulted in the
    confiscation of pirated films worth hundreds of
    millions of Naira. In fact, criminal prosecutions of culprits have now
    started,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

    He also recalled how, shortly after the Conference, the federal
    government granted pioneer status to the Creative
    Industry to reduce financial burdens on new investments and encourage
    both foreign and local investments into
    the film industry.

    The Minister congratulated Ms. Mo Abudu and all those involved in the
    production of ”Wedding Party 2”, saying with the blockbusters being
    churned out by Nigerian film producers, ”we can formally announce to
    the world that a true
    film industry has arrived in our Nollywood.”

    Meanwhile, Alhaji Mohammed has declared the arrival of a new dawn in
    the nation’s Creative Industry

    ”I am totally encouraged that Nigeria is indeed on track with all the
    capabilities to diversify our economy in order to create jobs and
    boost our Gross Domestic Product. It’s great to note that the Creative
    sector is taking the lead to achieve this,” he said at the opening of
    the musical ”Fela and the Kalakuta Queens” at Terra Kulture, also in
    Lagos on Sunday.

    He said the vibrancy in the sector is largely due to the collaborative
    efforts of the Public and Private sectors, which the likes of Ms.
    Bolanle Austen Peters, founder of Terra Kulture, have leveraged with
    impressive results

    The Minister congratulated Ms. Austen Peters, her management team and
    all the creative talent involved in the making ”Fela and the Kalakuta Queens”, saying: ”This production will no doubt take us to another level in our achievements and I want to assure you that this government is with the Creative sector all the way.”

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