Runsewe Chairs Implementation Committee for Post COVID-19 Initiative on the Creative Industry
By Justina Okpanku
The Director General, National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe will be heading the Implementation Committee of the Creative Industry Post COVID-19 Initiative inaugurated by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The newly inaugurated Implementation Committee is expected to design an implementation plan on immediate and short term relief for the creative industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, design a policy framework for tax relief for various sectors in the creative industry and work out a detailed implementation plan for a long term intervention for the overall development of the creative industry in Nigeria.
Mohammed in his virtual inaugural speech reminded the 5-man members of the Implementation Committee that the well researched report of the initiative committee was submitted to him in July this year and the next phase of that report is the full implementation of that same report.
The minister commended the initiative committee for going beyond their call of duty to do a complete mapping of the creative industry like it has never been done before. He added that the development and growth of the creative industry which is the second biggest job creator after agriculture rest squarely on their shoulders.
Runsewe thanked the Minister for giving them the opportunity to serve in the committee,
sayig that this assignment has awaken the consciousness of the members to see what the creative industry can contribute to the economy of this country.
He added that in the United States of America, the creative industry contributes about 4% to the country’s GDP which is about 800 billion dollars a year and this figure has been consistent for the past six years. The creative industry in Nigeria, he said, can do the same or even better to Nigerian economy if properly managed. He promised that his committee will do their best to deliver on their terms of reference, particularly on tax relief adding that the committee will come up with a robust recommendation that will reflect his expectations as the head of the creative industry and to the development of the nation.
Other members of the committee are Ali Baba as the Deputy Chairman and Joe Mutah as Secretary. They are to submit their report in six weeks.