Federal Government has distanced itself from the controversy trailing the Motion Pictures Council of Nigeria, saying that it has no hidden agenda to stifle the industry. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the confession on Monday, when he received the report of the Review Committee of the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON), in Abuja.
The Minister, who was reacting to the debate that ensued among the stakeholders in the aftermath of the inauguration of the Review Committee, said it was wrong for some people to argued that the government has no business in helping Nollywood to set up a self-regulatory structure.
”I have followed the debate that ensued among the stakeholders in the aftermath of the inauguration of the Review Committee. Some argued that the government has no business in helping Nollywood to set up a self-regulatory structure, while others are of the contrary opinion. ‘‘Let me re-state what I said at the inauguration of this committee on April 12th 2016, that in line with our overall responsibility for the nation’s information, culture and tourism policies, our role in helping to set up MOPICON is simply to enable Nollywood to play meaningful role in national development. ”Again, one of the ways we think we can tackle frontally the many challenges militating against professional and career fulfilment in the movie industry is to have a central body we can always refer to in decisions aimed at improving and modernizing the motion picture industry,’’ he said.