Minister inaugurates Implementation C’mittee on Creative industry

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has inaugurated Implementation Committee to design plan on immediate and short-term relief for the Creative Industry in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The inauguration was made virtual on Tuesday after the Minister has promised that he will study the report submitted by the Post-Covid-19 Initiatives Committee, with the same seriousness that the committee employed in preparing it, with a view to ensuring its full implementation.

He said in order to ensure a diligent implementation of the report, its ministry have assembled a five-member Implementation Committee, which is being inaugurated as the members are Otunba Segun Runsewe (Chairman), Ali Baba (Deputy Chairman), Anita Eboigbe, Baba Agba and Joe Mutah (Secretary). While gave Terms of Reference of the Implementation Committee are: 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 Creative 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)”. Also, he gave Committee six weeks ultimatum to submit its report. “In view of the enormity of the work involved, I will not be surprised if this committee seeks an extension of the duration of work. If that happens, I will not hesitate to grant such.

“I have no doubt that this Implementation Committee will approach its assignment with a great sense of duty, realizing that the development and growth of the Creative Industry, which is the second biggest job creator after Agriculture, rest on their shoulders”, he said.

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