The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has promised to implement the recommendations of the Committee for Post-COVID-19 Initiatives for the nation’s creative industry.
Receiving the report in his office on Thursday, the Minister assured that the government will not disappoint the stakeholders in the industry.
“I can assure you that we will study the report and commence its implementation in earnest,” he said in a statement by Mr Segun Adeyemi, the media Special Assistant and emailed to Persecondnews.
Mohammed commended the Committee for consulting widely with stakeholders to secure their buy-in and inclusiveness.
He thanked members of the committee for their painstaking efforts that culminated in the report.
The Chairman of the Committee and 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 term implementation plan for the turnaround of the sector which was badly hit by COVID-19 pandemic.
Runsewe, who thanked the minister for his foresight in setting up the committee, said this is the first time any government would engage the entire spectrum of the Creative Industry in order to chart a course for its development.
The minister had inaugurated the committee on August 18th, 2020, to among others 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 industry, if it is identified as one of the measures aimed at achieving immediate and short-term relief for the industry.
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).