'I Was Misunderstood' - Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed says he was quoted out of context and his good intentions are being politicised.
The minister during the ‘Financing The Creative Industry Conference’s explained that he was misunderstood, as he was only relaying the government’s desire to provide an environment where people can grow their businesses in the country and not abroad.
"We have signed many MOU’s (Memorandum Of Understanding) which are now being implemented and we have held conferences around the creative industry.
"All this effort is geared towards one objective to transform the creative industry into a creative economy, so we can allow the creative talent, to blossom and create jobs among other things.
"The creative industry is capable of creating 1 million jobs in 3 years, but this job will not come unless we do everything possible to remove the factors that may hamper the growth of the industry.
"These MOU’s Conferences and dialogues are practical steps to removing this impediment.” Lai Mohammed said.
His reaction could also be linked to the way Nigerian’s complained after it was first announced that Big Brother Naija was to be held in South Africa, from January to February of this year.
The head of COSON, Tony Okoroji, confirmed at the event on Tuesday that the minister was indeed taken out of context and only wished the industry well.
He revealed that COSON and the minister had been involved in a series of meetings and had signed a number of MOU’s that will help the industry move forward.
The Okoye clan - the singing duo Psquare and their elder brother Jude Okoye and Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli are some of the celebrities who have kicked against the alleged ban.