Nigeria to inaugurate Committee on Motion Picture Bill

Solomon Chung, Abuja

The Ministerial Committee aimed at fast-tracking the passage of the Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON) Bill into law is to be inaugurated on Friday, April 8th 2016.

The inauguration will take place at the Conference Room of the National Theatre in Lagos, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this announcement on Thursday.

The 17-member Committee, which will have Ms Peace Anyiam-Osigwe as Coordinator and Mr. Mahmoud Alli-Balogun as Deputy Coordinator will review and harmonize the MOPPICON Bill ahead of it submission to the Ministry of Justice and then the National Assembly. The membership of the Committee will include the representatives of the various guilds and associations, including the Association of Movie Producers, Directors Guild of Nigeria, Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) as well as the Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria.

Other associations to be represented on the Committee are Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB),Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Screen Writers Guild of Nigeria, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Movie Ambassadors of Nigeria, Niger Delta Film Forum and Female Producers of Nigeria.

Tony Anih of the Film Makers Collective will serve as the Secretary to the Committee when established, MOPPICON will regulate, administer and control the motion picture practice in Nigeria.

It would be recalled that the Minister had announced the plan to set up the Committee at the 2016 Kannywood Awards in Abuja on March 13th 2016.

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