The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of ace comedian, Ali Baba, Segun Arinze as members of Creative Industry Stakeholders of the Covid-19 Committee.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who announced this at a meeting with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON, on Wednesday, in Abuja stated that the committee is to look into and advise the Federal Government on the best way to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.
The committee, led by Ali Baba as Chairman and Anita Eboigbe of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, as Secretary.
Other members of the Committee are Bolanle Austen Peters, Charles Novia, , Ali Jita, Baba Agba, Kene Okwuosa, Efe Omoregbe, Prince Daniel Aboki, Chioma Ude, Olumade Adesemowo, Dare Art Alade and Hajia Sa’a Ibrahim.
Representatives of the fashion, publishing, photography, as well as hospitality and travel sectors are also to be included in the committee, which has four weeks to submit its report.
The Minister noted stressed the need for a collective and government-supported approach in dealing with the immediate, short and long term palliatives and initiatives for the industry, in order to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on the Industry.
“We have, therefore, decided that instead of addressing this problem piecemeal, we should do so holistically for a more positive outcome,” he said, noting that the creative industry is a very critical sector of the nation’s economy