Anti-Corruption Fight Coming To Entertainment Industry To – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday vowed to extend his campaign against corruption to the Nollywood industry.
The President said he would ensure relevant agencies and commissions are strengthened to execute his anti-corruption campaign on piracy.
He spoke at the 28th edition of Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) international conference organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in Abuja.
He said the sector has contributed positively to the nation’s economy and deserves his attention.
“It is also pertinent to state that this administration is committed to revamping the Nigerian economy and diversifying it in the face of dwindling profits.
“In this regard, a sector that generates huge sum of money annually for the Nigerian economy and employs over a million Nigerians requires our attention. Relevant agencies of government will be empowered to deal with the menace of piracy which had become an albatross to both practitioners and government.
“We support the call for Nollywood to be repositioned to serve as veritable tool for the promotion of cultural diplomacy in view of the popularity Nollywood films enjoy globally,” Buhari said.
The President also decried the influence of foreign movies on Nigerians, a development he said has “resulted in moral decadence and erosion of our cherished values.”
Buhari, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele, expressed optimism that the Nollywood is capable of restoring the lost moral values.