Protests notwithstanding, work is still in progress concerning the formation of the Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) and the preparation of the MOPICON draft bill.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, today Monday Nov. 21, 2016, received the report of the MOPICON review committee.
The report was presented by the Chairperson of the Committee, Ms. Peace Anyim-Osigwe at the National Theatre, Lagos.
The Minister thanked the committee members for all their hard work and promised to kick start the process of making the Council a reality.
“We will critically look at the reviewed draft document, which you have handed over to us, and we will immediately kick-start the process of making MOPICON a reality for the benefit of the movie industry,” he said.
Addressing the mixed reactions that trailed the formation of the MOPICON committee on April 12, 2016, Mohammed stated that the government was only interested in the progress of the entertainment industry and that there was no hidden agenda involved.
”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.”
“Also, government’s interest in the setting up of MOPICON is driven by the fact that we at the supervising ministry need to work with a formidable representative group that is empanelled to lobby for the growth, development and welfare of the industry and its practitioners as well as make for a better organized and more visible and vibrant Nollywood industry,” he said.
The Chairperson of the committee, Ms. Peace Anyim-Osigwe expressed hers and the committee members’ support concerning the formation of MOPICON, stating that a sort of regulatory body is important for the industry.
She said, “What we come to understand and appreciate is that a council of some sorts is required in order to make this industry work. How this council will operate, we have advised.”