Creative industry committee to take on virus
Nigeria’s federal government has set up a committee of creative industry stakeholders to address the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the sector.
During a meeting with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), information and culture minister Lai Mohammed announced the appointment of the committee members and outlined the group’s aims.
He said: “The committee will be assessing 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, create succour for the industry’s small businesses, suggest the type of taxation and financing that is best for the industry at this time to encourage growth, and advise the government on any other measure or measures that can be undertaken to support the industry.”
The committee members include Nollywood comedian Ali Baba, TV producer Charles Novia; actor Segun Arinze; FreeTV’s Olumade Adesemowo; streamer Envivo’s Chioma Ude; Hajia Sa’a Ibrahim of the BON; and Anita Eboigbe from the News Agency of Nigeria.
Mohammed added: “We are still expecting the representatives of the fashion, publishing, photography, hospitality and travel sectors, and the committee has four weeks to submit its report.”