The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said he was not appointed Minister to develop the economy of other countries at the expense of the Nigerian economy.
He stated this while speaking on government’s directive that all programmes meant for Nigerians’ consumption must be produced in Nigeria.
In a statement in Lagos on Wednesday, the Minister said the Creative industry’s potential of creating 1 million jobs in three years cannot be realized if jobs meant for Nigerians are being exported to other countries.
"I didn’t say that henceforth, all music videos and films will be produced in Nigeria, or that the production of music videos or films outside Nigeria will be banned.
"All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian (local) content programme, we will amend the Code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria," he said.
In a related development, Alhaji Mohammed has said the Broadcasting Code is also being amended to help develop the local football league.
"This (amendment) is not just about the Creative Industry. We are also going to ensure that the NBC Code is amended in a manner that if any company in Nigeria today invests a million dollars in promoting or supporting any (football) team or league outside Nigeria, I want the Broadcasting Code to be amended to the effect that it will not allow that programme to be aired unless that company supports the Nigerian League with a percentage that will not be less than 30 per cent of what was spent.
"This is because we cannot continue to develop the economies of the other parts of the world from the sweat of Nigerians and at the expense of the Nigerian economy," the Minister said.