Information Ministry Moves To Revamp Nigeria’s Creative Industry 

Yemisi Izuora

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

inaugurated the Implementation Committee for the Post COVID-19

Initiatives on the Creative Industry, with a charge to the committee

to design an implementation plan that will catalyze the growth of the

industry.

While performing the inauguration virtually in his office in Abuja on

Tuesday, the Minister listed the Terms of Reference for the committee

as including the design of an implementation plan on the immediate and

short-term relief for the Creative Industry, in the wake of the

Covid-19 pandemic.

Others, he said, are to design a Policy Framework for Tax Relief for

the various sectors in the 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-term intervention for the overall development of the Creative

industry in Nigeria.

Alhaji Mohammed, who described the Creative Industry as the second

biggest job creator in the country after agriculture, urged members of

the Implementation Committee to approach its assignment with a great

sense of duty, as the development and growth of the Creative Industry

are crucial to the nation’s economy.

He once again commended the Committee on Post Covid-19 Initiatives on

the Creative Industry for producing a ‘phenomenal’ report, noting that

the committee went beyond the call of duty to produce a well-researched report.

In his remarks, Otunba Segun Runsewe, the Chairman of the

Implementation Committee and the Director General of the National

Council for Arts and Culture, pledged his committee’s readiness to

come up with robust recommendations for the overall benefit of the

Creative Industry and the nation in general.

Otunba Runsewe, who commended the Minister’s foresight on the

initiative, said Nigeria has taken the lead in the West African

sub-region in thinking out of the box to address the challenges

foisted on the Creative Industry by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The committee, which has six weeks to submit its report, also

comprises Ali Baba (Deputy Chairman); Anita Eboigbe; Baba Agba and Joe

Mutah (Secretary).

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