Review of the controversial Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON) Bill which has been rejected by most Nollywood practitioners, has been postponed indefinitely. The review which was scheduled to hold today, April 8, 2016, was postponed as a result of the unexpected Federal Executive Council meeting summoned by President Muhammadu Buhari. on April 7, 2016.
The Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON) Bill was created over 10 years ago after a group of industry practitioners sat to draft it. Recently, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the inauguration of a Ministerial Committee aimed at fast-tracking the passage into law of the MOPPICON Bill.
The announcement was made by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the 2016 Kannywood Awards. In a statement, the minister revealed that 17-member committee, will have Peace Anyiam-Osigwe (AMAA President) as coordinator, and Mahmoud Alli-Balogun (Tango with Me) as deputy coordinator, review and Bill before its submission to the Ministry of Justice and the National Assembly.
The bill has been a source of ‘controversy’ on various social media platforms