Committee On Commercialization Of Nigeria Film Corporation Inaugurated 

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

inaugurated the Steering Committee on the Commercialization of the

Nigeria Film Corporation (NFC), saying the country’s film industry has

the potential to make Nigeria the entertainment capital of Africa.

While performing the inauguration in Abuja on Monday, the Minister

said the Federal Government is now set to reposition the NFC for

effective service delivery.

“What we are doing today is to simply reposition the NFC in a manner

that will enable it to play the role statutorily assigned to it,” he

said.

Alhaji Mohammed noted that the film industry drives entertainment and

has brought fame to the country, hence the need to reposition the

sector and provide the necessary enablement for the industry to

thrive.

He decried the lack of critical infrastructure to drive the film

industry in Nigeria, saying, for example, that Nigeria has only 142

cinema houses compared to South Africa with 782 cinemas, United States

of America, 40,393, India, 11,209 and China with 50,976 cinemas.

The Minister therefore appealed to state governments to invest in the

provision of infrastructure for the entertainment industry, in view of

its huge potential to generate employment and contribute to the

economy.

“It is important to appeal, especially to our state governments, to

invest in infrastructure in the industry. I don’t think it will be too

much for the state governments to ensure they build at least one

cinema house in each local government area of their state. That will

give us additional 774 cinema houses,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said at the moment, the NFC, which is expected to

regulate and organise professional practice in the film industry, is

facing numerous challenges, which include NFC’s inability to engage in

commercial film production; the fact that the law establishing the

Corporation limits its operational functions such that it cannot

leverage on the private sector-led growth of the industry, and also

that NFC’s civil service structure comes with bureaucratic

limitations, budgetary constraints and operational inefficiency among

others.

He said in order to address these challenges and reposition the NFC

for improved performance, the Federal Government has engaged the

services of a Business Development Consultant to conduct due diligence

on the corporation and the sector and recommend a strategy that is

suitable for its reform and commercialization.

“Dear members of the SC, your appointment into this committee comes

with huge trust and belief in your ability and capacity to make this

reform happen. I therefore urge you to consider this a critical

national assignment that requires unflinching commitment and zeal,”

the Minister said.

In his remarks, the Director General of the Bureau for Public

Enterprise, Mr. Alex Okoh, clarified that the reform of the NFC is not

a privatization but commercialization, with no transfer of ownership

and sale of share, so as to ensure that the resident values of the

corporation are enhanced.

Members of the Steering Committee are: Honourable Minister, Federal

Ministry of Information and Culture, Alhaji Mohammed as Chairman;

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture,

Deaconess Grace Isu-Gekpe; Director General, BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh;

Managing Director, NFC, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, and Director, Industries

and Communications, BPE, Abdullahi Dikko, as Secretary.

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