BY TIMILEHIN AJAGUNNA
Popular comedian, Bovi has poured scorn on the proposed formation of the Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPICON).
While making his remarks as one of the panelists at the just concluded fourth edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference(NECLive4), the humour merchant pointed out that the timing of the bill is wrong.
‘When we talk about growing this industry or rebuilding this industry, what stares us in the face more is the problems rather than the solutions. We have talked about the role of government in all of these. The MOPICON bill, that’s major. Is it a step in the right direction? Only time will tell. But is the timing right? It’s absolutely wrong,’ he said.
He went on to mention that the government has not really contributed to the growth of Nigerian entertainment industry.
‘I have said over and over again that there are certain things that need to be done and we just need to break it down. There are 774 local government areas in Nigeria, how do we help all these talents? The way entertainment has grown in Nigeria, when you check, it’s more than 90 percent of the private sector,’ he said.
He added: ‘What has been the role of the government, is it just to regulate us, or regulate the body? The answer is no. We have local governments, we have 36 states, what’s the government doing? We have the Ministry of Arts & Culture, what are they doing? The last big festival we held was FESTAC 77, how many of us were born then? These are the facts that are staring us in the face.’
In the same vein, Falz, who was also a panelist at the NECLive 4, condemned the MOPICON bill saying, ‘It is ridiculous’.
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