Nigeria to provide incentives for artistes

Solomon Chung, Lagos

Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed

The Nigerian broadcasting code and other relevant laws will be reviewed to encourage music and movie artists and also to stop the production of such contents outside the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed said this would help to boost local content.

Mr Mohammed was speaking when he visited the corporate headquarters of Copy Right Society of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday.

Appreciating the ambassadorial roles of the Nigerian creative industry players, he decried the situation where jobs were exported from the creative in industry, especially in the area of music and movie productions.

Providing enabling environment
“Government has a robust plan to provide the enabling environment and other incentives and resources to encourage Nigerian artistes to produce their works at home, to avoid employment exportation. 

“The Nigerian Export Promotion Commission has forwarded a proposal to classify the creative industry as a pioneer status, meaning the industry would have the privilege of benefiting from some sort of tax holidays, waivers, rebates and other relevant incentives,’’  the minister explained.

According to him, for a product to be certified Nigeria there must be a certain percentage of local content in it.

Nation building
Mr Mohammed applauded the role of the creative industry in nation building.

He also encouraged the Copy Right Society to keep up the fight against the abuse of the intellectual property right of Nigerian artiste and musicians.

The chief host of the event and chairman of the Copy Right Society of Nigeria, Mr Anthony Okoroji said the society has been in the forefront and dogged in the protection of intellectual property rights of the Nigerian artistes. 

“With COSON no one dares casually abuse the intellectual property rights of a Nigerian artiste again…We believe in creating wealth with intellectual property.

“COSON was approved by the Nigerian Copy Right Commission on May 20, 2010 to manage the collection and distribution of copy royalties arising from the public and commercial use of musical works and sound recordings in Nigeria.

“So far, the copy right society of Nigeria has distributed over N500, 000,000 in royalties and membership is free. No due is paid. Most Nigerian artistes are members of the society,’’ he stated.

Mercy Chukwudiebere