The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday formally inaugurated the Ministerial Review Committee of the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON), in an effort to fasttrack the passage into law, the MOPICON bill.
Inaugurating the 29-member committee at a ceremony in Lagos, theminister said contrary to insinuations that the government was settingup the council in order to control the movie industry, the government’s effort is to enable Nollywood to play a meaningful role in national development.
”One of the ways we think we can tackle frontally the many
challenges militating against professional and career fulfillment in the movie industry is to have a central body we can always refer to in decisions aimed at improving and modernizing the motion pictureindustry.
”Also, government’s interest in the setting up of MOPICON is driven by the fact that we at the supervising ministry need to work with a formidable representative group that is empanelled to lobby for the growth, development and welfare of the industry and its practitioners as well as make for a better organised and more visible and vibrant Nollywood industry. We have no hidden agenda and we will not be part of anything that would stifle the growth of the burgeoning industry,”he said.
Alhaji Mohammed charged the committee, which is headed by Ms PeaceAnyiam Osigwe, to build on past efforts, dating back to the early 1990s, when Nigerian Motion Picture Practitioners under various bodies craved for the council to engender sustainable growth of the industry based on best practices as well as practitioner’s protection and structured membership.