Nollywood actor and National President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Producers of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Dele Odule appealed to the National Assembly to enact a law that will enforce stiffer punishment for pirates and plagiarists.
He made the appeal on Wednesday while speaking to newsmen in Ilorin. The actor said the rate of piracy in Nigeria was getting alarming and movie producers were getting the short end of the stick when it came to making profits from their works.
He blamed the leniency concerning punishment for the increasing rate of piracy in the country.
“Film producers in Nigeria do not have retirement benefits like civil servants and ordinarily, their production should be their benefits after retirement. However, in a situation where these works have been pirated, they are doomed and have nothing to look forward to in future,’’ Odule said.
He then urged the Federal Government to help develop a more conducive environment for Nigerian filmmakers by building a film village and providing state of the art equipment that will be accessible at a low fee.