By Benjamin Njoku
Five months after the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, inaugurated a 28-member committee to review the proposed bill for the establishment of Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) there are indications that the draft report is now ready for onward submission to the government.
Though the committee headed by Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe did not meet up with the deadline of three weeks given to it by the Minister to submit the report, following the volume of work, it’s however gathered that the members are currently waiting for the secretariat made up of the Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator, Secretary and his Assistant to convene a crucial meeting to enable them look at the draft report for the last time and adopt it.
This development was disclosed to HVP by a member of the committee during the week. He said the committee members are planning to go into zonal consultations with the stakeholders as soon as possible to enable them make their own inputs in the drafted report.
“The committee sat several times and we have done the needful. The report is ready and we are waiting for the secretariat made up of the coordinator, Deputy coordinator, Secretary and his Assistant, to convene a meeting of the entire committee for us to look at the report after which we will adopt it and decide when to go into zonal consultation with stakeholders,” a source disclosed.
However, against insinuations that the members were paid sitting allowances by the government since they started sitting till now, no dime has been paid to any member of the committee, HVP learnt.
“Nothing was given to the committee by the government. It’s a personal sacrifice. Instead we are using our own time, money and knowledge working for the betterment of the industry,” he said.
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, April 12, inaugurated a 28-member ministerial committee, to review the proposed bill for the establishment of Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria.