There is uncertainty on the progress of the passage of Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria MOPPICON Bill.
The MOPPICON Bill is the legal framework proposed to regulate the film industry. And it is beginning to gather dust again in the office of the Federal Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism.
Enquiries made to ascertain the progress report of this bill has hit a brick wall. Since the Peace Anyiam-Osigwe led committee passed the draft to the Ministry more than a year and half ago, precisely
November 2016, not much has happened to the bill giving the credence that government is not serious about creating an enabling environment for the film industry to thrive.
For a movie industry that was built by sheer industry and creativity of pioneers, has no law or policy that should guide the film industry.
The MOPPICON Bill had earlier been drafted and sent for the legislature to pass into law but bureaucracy stalled it under the Olusegun Obasanjo led government.
Speaking on this sad development, celebrated filmmaker, Adebayo Salami who’s popularly known as Oga Bello said that it was quite unfortunate that the bill has not yet been passed into law after several years of the first draft which he was part of.
“Honestly I am not happy about the progress of the MOPPICON Bill which I was part of and formulated the draft during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. I have been following the progress like you and from what I see, it is same politics and go-slow as usual. It seems some people are benefiting from the non-passage of the bill that should regulate us in the movie industry. But let us wait and see.
Government should show more seriousness in our sector as this industry has shown that it is capable of generating revenue for the country and boost our economy,” says the veteran who celebrated fifty years on stage in 2014.
Efforts to know what is the current state of the bill from the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed through a call or text message proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.