The Federal Government has assured Nigerians and stakeholders in the creative industry of its commitment to the implementation of a committee report on post COVID-19 initiatives in the creative industry.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, the assurance was made by Nigeria’s Minister of Informational and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, following the submission of the committee’s report.
What they are saying
Commenting on the recent development, Mr. Mohammed was quoted saying:
“I learnt that the committee engaged with the broad spectrum of the entire creative sector.
“This act of inclusiveness is most welcome and has been justified by the stakeholders’ commendations that poured in through the various media platforms.
“I can assure you that we will study the report and commence its implementation in earnest.”
In his concluding remarks, Mr. Mohammed praised the chairman and members of the committee for their efforts.
In a similar vein, the Chairman of the committee and Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, remarked that the report captured every sector of the creative industry.
He explained that the committee put 14 clusters in place and that all stakeholders across board were invited with their contributions captured in the report.
While presenting the report, Mr. Runsewe said:
“The immediate, short- and long-term remedies for each of the clusters are contained in the report.
“I want to assure you that the entire stakeholders in the creative industry are extremely grateful to you.
“This is the first time in the history of the country that a committee has gone in-depth to know what is wrong and offer solutions in the industry.”
What you should know
The committee on implementation of post COVID-19 initiatives for the creative industry was inaugurated on Aug. 18, to design an implementation plan on immediate and short-term relief for the creative industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other required duties of the committee were to:
- Design policy framework for tax relief for the various sectors in the creative industry.
- To work out detailed implementation plan for a long-term intervention for the overall development of the creative industry.
- Other members of the committee include Baba Agba and Joe Mutah.
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