The Federal Government takes steps to discourage the production of Nigerian music videos and movies outside the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) in Lagos.
The Minister decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music, were made outside Nigeria, for consumption by Nigerians.
He said the situation of producing films, TV series and music abroad hindered the empowerment of practitioners in the industry. He also said it prevented 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.
He said their presence in these countries only helped to improve their own economies and not ours as they would be spending money rather than making it.
“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”.
“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.
The Minister added that the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission had put forward a proposal to classify the creative Industry and grant it a pioneer status to aid with productions in Nigeria.
He said that with the pioneer status, the creative industry would be entitled to certain incentives and tax holiday.
The Minister said that there would also be waivers for shipment of imported music and film production equipment.
He stressed that the federal government was committed to making the creative industry viable, dynamic and sustainable.