The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government would get rid of everything that will affect the development of the creative industry, as part of the present efforts to encourage the growth of the sector.
Mohammed revealed this in the early hours of Sunday, November 24, 2019, at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
According to Lai, the creative industry will create employment, decrease crime and be the main source of foreign exchange.
His words, “As we head into 2020, the successful commercialization of the creative industry is our number one priority. It will create jobs, reduce crime, be a major source of foreign exchange and thereby reduce our dependence on oil, rebrand our country internationally and boost our GDP.
“So, we in government are tackling all impediments to the industry thriving. We are making cheaper and longer term financing available for the industry, especially for infrastructural projects, like concert halls across the six geo-political zones of the country, as recently announced by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
“The other big issue for commercialization is the digital economy – data must be cheaper and owners of content must make more money from the use of their works. I am sure you have been following the announcements by my colleague, the Minister of Communications, on this.”
He added that the government is presently cleaning up the advertising industry.
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