Tuesday, 19 May 2020

PHOTOS; Lai Mohammed’s Speech at the virtual inauguration of the Post Covid19 initiatives Committee for Creative Industry

The Honorable Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed , today 19 May 2020, virtual inaugurates the post Covid19 initiatives committee for the Creative Industry.

His speech below ;

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the virtual inauguration of the Post-Covid-19?initiatives Committee for the Creative Industry. I want to most sincerely thank you all for making it to this virtual meeting .
It’s a sign of the times that we are meeting via this medium and , with Covid19 still raging , we should continue to leverage on this platform for our interactions.

2. Two weeks ago , I announced the establishment of this committee. In doing so, I said yes Covid-19 pandemic has impacted negatively on the nation, and that the creative industry has been particularly hard hit , considering the fact that it is an industry that has people-interaction at its care. I also said that instead of addressing theses problems piecemeal, we should do so holistically for a more positive outcome.

3. Ladies and gentlemen, the Creative Industry is a very critical sector of the nation’s economy and a major plank of the economic diversification policy of this Administration. It creates the highest number of jobs after Agriculture , especially for the youth .
It is therefore imperative for us to have a collective and government-supported approach in dealing with the immediate, short and long term economic stimulus and initiatives for the industry, in order to mitigate the effect of pandemic o the sector.

4. The committee’s membership, announced two weeks ago , has now been expanded to include as many sectors as possible.
This is to ensure a fair representation. However , while the committee cannot accommodate all members of the industry, it is certain that all members will benefit from its work .
I therefore want to implore the entire industry to support this committee . This is no time for division . All hands must be on deck so the industry can rebound .
I want to thank all those who have made comments and observations on the composition of the committee. This shows the great interest that the entire industry has in the work of the panel .
5. The committee had been given the following Terms of Reference;

A) Asses the expected impact of the pandemic on the industry in general
B) Advise the Government on any other measure or measures that can be undertaken to support the industry.

6. Please permit me to list the entire membership of the committee.
       1) Ali Baba - Comedy, Film and TV (Chairman)
       2) Hajia Sa’a Ibrahim - Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) - Vice Chairman
       3) Bolanle Austen Peters - Film and Performing Arts
       4) Charles Novia - Television and independent Producer
       5) Segun Arinze- Actor and Producer
       6) Ali Jita- Actor and Musician
       7) Baba Agba - Film Director
       8) Kene Okwuosa - Cinema and Distribution
       9) Efe Omoregbe- Record Label and Collective rights management
      10) Prince Daniel Aboki- Radio and Film
      11) Chioma Ude - Streaming
      12) Olumade Adesemowo - Television and Platform
      13) Dare Art Alade / Livespot Entertainment
      14) Oliver Enwonwu - President , Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA)
      15) Alhaji Selah Rabo - President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria
      16) Bala Hassan - Booksellers Association
      17) Ali Nuhu - kannywood
      18) Tajudern Owoyemi - Hotels
      19) B.M. Dzukogi - Association of Nigeria Authors
      20) TY Bello - Photography
      21) Lanre Da Silva Ajayi- Fashion
      22) Anita Eboigbe - Secretary

7. I will like to , most sincerely, appreciate all the members of the committee for agreeing to sacrifice their time and resources to take part in this national assignment. I commend your sacrifices and love of country .
As the committee receives it’s mandate , I believe it will do justice to the assignment, culminating in suitable recommendations that will help the industry to thrive and expand .
I am aware that you have already started work , and I am impressed at the sense of urgency and creativity you have brought to bear in carrying out the assignment.

8. It is my sincere hope that the recommendations from the committee, save jobs , lives and the industry from the scourge of the pandemic, but will also properly reposition the industry to take its rightful place in the economy.

9. And now , Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, it it my pleasure to inaugurate the post-covid19 initiatives Committee for the Creative  Industry.

10. I thank you all for your kind attention.


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