Since we the citizens have not complained that President Muhammadu Buhari is receiving medical treatment abroad should the Buhari administration now complain that we make movies abroad? Lai Mohammed should not provoke us. The Financial Times called our President a "frequent London resident", yet his government is complaining that they will stop our movie makers and artists from making movies and videos abroad. According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, Nigerians (mostly government officials) spend $1 billion annually on medical tourism while less than 5% of that is spent on shooting movies and videos abroad. Lie Mohammed should get his priorities right!
Reno Omokri made this statement after Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says FG has taken steps to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the shore of the country. made this known on Saturday in Lagos.
The Minister decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music, were made outside Nigeria, for consumption by Nigerians.
He said the situation had hampered empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general. “This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria.
We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria. The Broadcasting Code and the Advertising Code are very clear on this. For you to classify a product as a Nigerian product, it must have a certain percentage of Nigerian content,” he said.
The Minister noted that what was happening today was that Nigerian artists were often flown out of this country to go and make their recordings. When they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume.
It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine”. He stressed that “as long as we are not able to implement our own code to ensure local production of Nigerian music and movies, our young talents will not get jobs”.