By Umar Muhammad Puma
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.
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
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.’’