COVID-19: FG Sets Up Committee to Mitigate Pandemic Effects on Creative Industry


Oluwadami O'tayo

The Federal Government has set up a committee of industry stakeholders to look into and advise it on the best way to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on the industry.

Announcing the Terms of Reference of the Committee, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed  said that he has approved the request by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to grant a two-month licence fee waiver for terrestrial broadcast stations in Nigeria.

 "I want to put on record that the NBC has sent protective equipment to some Community Broadcast Stations across the country," he said.

He however announced the terms of Reference of the committee, which are; to assess the expected impact of the pandemic on the industry in general, advise the Government on how to mitigate job and revenue losses in the sector as well as to create succour for the industry small
businesses.

Other term of references are; to suggest the type of taxation and financing that is best for the
industry at this time to encourage growth and to advise the Government on any other measure or measures that can be
undertaken to support the industry.

The members of the Committee are: Alli Baba for Comedy, Film and TV (Chairman), Bolanle Austen Peters for Film and Performing Arts (TerraKulture), Charles Novia for Television and Independent Producer (TeenTV), Segun Arinze for Actor and Producer, Ali Jita for Actor and Musician, Baba Agba for Film Director (BCI Studios), Kene Okwuosa for Cinema and Distribution (Filmhouse), Efe Omoregbe for Record label and Collective rights management
(Hypertek/Now Muzik), Prince Daniel Aboki for Radio and Film (CoolFM/WaZoBia), Chioma Ude for Streaming (Envivo), Olumade Adesemowo for Television and Platform (FreeTV), Dare Art Alade for Livespot Entertainment, Hajia Sa'a Ibrahim for Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON), Anita Eboigbe  for  News Agency of Nigeria (Secretary)

According to the minister, the Committee has four weeks to submit its report.

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