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Thursday, 20 July 2017

I didn’t say FG will ban production of music videos abroad – Lai Mohammed

After being heavily criticized, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has denied saying the Federal Government will ban production of Nigerian movies and music videos abroad.

Mohammed said this while reacting to reports that he made such statement when he visited the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria in Lagos.




The minister was quoted as saying:  “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."


However, Mohammed said FG would not tamper with the aspirations and rights of the artistes and producers.

He said, “At COSON, I said that I would work to amend the National Broadcasting Commission’s code to ensure that if a product is designated a Nigerian product, it must be produced in Nigeria. I didn’t say that, henceforth, all music and films would or must be produced in Nigeria.

“All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian content programme, we will amend the code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria. I didn’t say I’ll ban the production of Nigerian movies and videos overseas.”




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