Lai Mohammed To Implement Creative Industry Report

Yemisi Izuora

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

received the report of the Implementation Committee for Post-COVID-19

Initiatives Committee on the Creative Industry, as well as made the pledge to

implement the recommendations of the committee.

Receiving the report in his office on Thursday, the Minister assured

that the Government will not disappoint the stakeholders in the

Creative Industry.

“I can assure you that we will study the report and commence its

implementation in earnest,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed commended the Committee for its wide consultation with

a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the Creative Industry in order to

secure their buy-in and ensure inclusiveness.

He commended members of the committee for their painstaking work that

culminated in the report.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee and the Director General

of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe,

said the Implementation Committee set up 14 clusters to collate the

views of all the players in the Creative Industry, with a view to

drafting immediate, medium and long time implementation plan for the

turnaround of the Creative Sector, which was badly hit by the COVID-19


Otunba Runsewe, who thanked the Minister for his foresight in setting

up the committee, said this is the first time any government will

engage the entire spectrum of the Creative Industry in order to chart

a 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 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 (long term).

Other members of the Implementation Committee are Ali Baba (Deputy

Chairman), Anita Eboigbe, Baba Agba and Joe Mutah (Secretary).

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