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The Federal Government says it will study the implementation committee report for post-COVID-19 initiatives on the creative industry and begin its implementation in earnest.

Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the assurances in Abuja on Wednesday when the committee presented the report to him.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the report was physically presented to the minister by committee chairman Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, while other members participated virtually.

“I learned that the committee engaged with the broad spectrum of the entire creative sector.

“This act of inclusion is very welcome and has been justified by the accolades from stakeholders that came through the various media platforms.

“I can assure you that we will study the report and begin its implementation in earnest,” the minister said.

Mohammed congratulated the chair and committee members for their meticulous work that culminated in the report.

Presenting the report earlier, Runsewe, the Director General of the National Council of Arts and Culture, said it captures all sectors of the creative industry.

He explained that the committee established 14 groups and that all stakeholders across the board were invited with their contributions captured in the report.

“The immediate, short-term and long-term remedies for each of the groups are contained in the report.

“I want to assure you that all stakeholders in the creative industry are very grateful to you.

“This is the first time in the history of the country that a committee has delved into what is wrong and offer solutions in the industry,” he said.

In their contributions, the committee’s vice chairman, comedian Ali Baba, and a member, Anita Eboigbe, said they look forward to the early implementation of the report because there is great hope on the part of stakeholders.

The committee was inaugurated on August 18 to design an immediate and short-term relief implementation plan for the creative industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee was also to design a policy framework for tax relief for the various sectors of the creative industry.

It is also to draw up a detailed implementation plan for a long-term intervention for the overall development of the creative industry.

NAN reports that other members of the committee are Baba Agba and Joe Mutah, the secretary.

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