The Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria, MOPPAN, has thrown its weight behind the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), pledging its support and endorsement for its initiatives, and projects which impacts positively on the growth of the Nigerian film industry.
These positions were expressed by the newly elected executive members of MOPPAN during a visit to the NFC headquarters in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Monday, May 22, 2017.
Led by its president, Alhaji Abdullahi Maikano Usman, the 15-member executive of MOPPAN also reeled out a 6-point agenda it seeks to accomplish within the shortest possible time.
Usman listed standardisation of the film industry through capacity building and training, fight against piracy and the mounting of a film festival as some of MOPPAN’s key components of its roadmap for the Nigerian motion picture industry.
MOPPAN, he said, recognises the film sector as a net contributor to the nations GDP. He also lauded the federal government for placing premium on alternative revenue stream for the nation with emphasis on the film sector, apart from agriculture and its continued commitment to the NFC.
MOPPAN, he also said will rely on the expertise, competence and capacity of the National Film Institute & Media Arts Studies, Jos for the training of its members based on the correct modalities being referred to as the “Kano Template” in the film industry.
Usman equally listed poor funding and the absence of a structured industry are some of the teething challenges the film sector of Nigeria faces at the moment.
Responding, NFC’s managing director, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, described the visit, the first by any motion picture association or guild, as a commitment and show of solidarity for the decision of NFC to rejig activities that will ultimately propel the Nigerian film industry to greater heights.
MOPPAN, Maduekwe said, is a formidable and cohesive film professional body with its members spread across the 19 Northern States of the federation.
He called on its leadership to ensure that film production activities across the states it operates are mainstreamed in order to positively impact on the region, and on Nigeria.