…..As FEC Set To Receive Bill Draft
There is positive news on the passage of the long awaited Motion Picture Practitioners Council Of Nigeria, MOPPICON bill, as the bill draft is now set to receive the nod of the Federal Executive Council FEC and then begin the process of its passage into law by the Senate.
This much was made known by the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The bill which is supposed to regulate, administer and control the movie industry had gathered dust for a long time in the government house during the Obasanjo administration and as far as 2003.
The present government whose drive was to consolidate on the gains of the impact of Nollywood on the economy and image of Nigeria, decided to fast track the passage of the MOPPICON bill into law, by inaugurating the 17- member ministerial committee led by Ms Peace Anyiam Osigwe, the coordinator and assisted by Mr Mahmood Ali-Balogun who’s the deputy coordinator.
The committee had long completed the assignment which was to review and harmonise the MOPPICON bill, removing the grey areas ahead of its submissions to the Ministry of Justice.
In a phone call put to the honourable Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Segun Adeyemi clarified that the passage of the bill into law was in progress as the legal department of the ministry had worked on the bill and sent to the Attorney General of federation. He noted that what remained was the federal executive council to meet on the bill and approve its passage to the senate.
The bill had generated mixed feelings and discontent among stakeholders in the motion picture industry as some had cried foul over the inability if the ministerial committee to take the bill draft round to different stakeholders in the movie industry. Mr Adeyemi noted that public hearings will be made on the bill at the Senate and all aggrieved stakeholders could present their case. “The bill draft is about to the sent to the Senate as our legal department have received and worked on it and sent to the attorney general. The FEC still needs to meet on it which is the last approval and then, sent to the senate. We assure stakeholders that the bill is aimed at representing the interests of the majority,” he stated.
The 17-member Committee inaugurated in April 2016 include the representatives of the various guilds and associations, including the Association of Movie Producers, Director Guild of Nigeria, Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) as well as the Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN).
Other associations to be represented on the Committee are Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Screen Writers Guild of Nigeria, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Movie Ambassadors of Nigeria, Niger Delta Film Forum and Female Producers of Nigeria.