Buhari moves to end piracy in film industry


President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will empower some government agencies to put to an end the lingering piracy in film production.

This is just as he reiterated the government’s effort in repositioning the Nollywood, to help boost the tourism sector and attract international investors.

President Buhari made this known at the 28th Annual International Conference of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO).

Speaking at the conference, President Buhari, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mrs Nkechi Ejele, decried the high level of piracy in the film industry.

“Relevant agencies of the government will be empowered to deal with the menace of piracy which has become an albatross to both practitioners and government,” he said.

The president also promised to support the repositioning of the film industry to serve as a tool for the uplift of cultural values of the nation.

“We support the call for the Nollywood to be repositioned to serve as a veritable tool for the promotion of cultural diplomacy, in view of the popularity Nollywood enjoys globally.

“This national asset can be used to project and promote our rich cultural heritage internationally and make Nigeria attractive for tourists and direct foreign investors,” he said.

In his remark, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr Barclays Ayakoroma, said that the choice of the theme of the conference, “Repositioning Nollywood for the promotion of Nigeria’s cultural diplomacy and national security,” was informed by the need to direct the attention of states that could significantly contribute to their internally generated revenue through the platform of the Nigerian film industry.

National President of SONTA, Professor Sunday Ododo, said “Nollywood is a goldmine that has not been fully exploited for gainful impact in our socio-cultural system in Nigeria.”



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