The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
tasked stakeholders in the nation’s movie industry to fashion out a
structured system of distribution that will guarantee return on
investment and protect Nigerians from exposure to unwholesome
The Minister made the call in Lagos on Tuesday while declaring open a
stakeholders meeting on the National Enhanced Exhibition and
“There is a compelling and urgent need to properly structure the movie
industry, both as an enterprise and a cultural product, beyond the
seemingly unwieldy situation that exposes the sector to unwholesome
activities detrimental to the nation. The movie industry as a major
component of our nation’s creative industry is strategic to the broad
national plan agenda, with tremendous capacity for wealth creation
through jobs and incomes for our people,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the aim of enacting a structured system of
distribution is to provide guides, safeguards, and benchmarks for
players through regulatory practices or frameworks, which can
invariably result in performance tracking and data availability to
ascertain market depth of the distributive and exhibition sub-sector.
He acknowledged the marginal successes made by players in the
sub-sector, but noted that the gains are short-circuited by visible
distortions that make quackery thrive, thus depriving the nation the
tremendous contribution that otherwise should have been possible.
The Minister stressed that the unacceptable gap in the distribution
and exhibition of films and videos must be addressed, and underscored
the need to reform the movie industry in such a way that obscenity and
violence are cautiously moderated in Nigerian films.
“Therefore, I urge the forum to work closely based on a collective
understanding that we share the common goal of tackling these
identified challenges, and come out with an arrangement that will
stand the test of time. It is therefore my hope and desire that at the
end of this exercise, we will have a pool of bona fide operators who
have working knowledge and appreciation of the benefits of upholding
laid down regulations guiding film distribution and exhibition in
Nigeria,” he said.
In her remarks, the Director General of the National Film and Video
Censor Board, Ms. Patricia Bala, said the meeting was convened to
generate broad-based ideas into formulating a policy that will
streamline movie distribution and exhibition in Nigeria