The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hasreceived the report of the Implementation Committee for Post-COVID-19Initiatives Committee on the Creative Industry, with a pledge toimplement the recommendations of the committee.
Receiving the report in his office on Thursday, the Minister assuredthat the Government will not disappoint the stakeholders in theCreative Industry.
“I can assure you that we will study the report and commence itsimplementation in earnest,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed commended the Committee for its wide consultation witha broad spectrum of stakeholders in the Creative Industry in order tosecure their buy-in and ensure inclusiveness.
He commended members of the committee for their painstaking work thatculminated in the report.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee and the Director Generalof the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, said the Implementation Committee set up 14 clusters to collate theviews of all the players in the Creative Industry, with a view todrafting immediate, medium and long time implementation plan for the turn around of the Creative Sector, which was badly hit by the COVID-19pandemic.
Otunba Runsewe, who thanked the Minister for his foresight in settingup the committee, said this is the first time any government willengage the entire spectrum of the Creative Industry in order to charta course for the development of the industry.
The Minister inaugurated the Committee on August 18th, 2020, to design an implementation plan on immediate and short-term relief for the Creative Industry, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (Short Term); design a Policy Framework for Tax Relief for the various sectors inthe Creative Industry, if it is identified as one of the measures aimed at achieving immediate and short-term relief for the Industry,and to work out a detailed implementation plan for a long-termintervention for the overall development of the Creative industry in Nigeria (long term).
Other members of the Implementation Committee are Ali Baba (Deputy Chairman), Anita Eboigbe, Baba Agba and Joe Mutah (Secretary).
Special Assistant To The President (Media)
Office of The Minister of Information and Culture
Abuja18 Nov. 2020