Minister advocates tax waivers for Nigerian creative industry
Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Minister of State for FCT, has solicited various waivers, grants, tax holidays, rebates and other related incentives as part of measures to boost the creative industry.
Ms Aliyu made the call while delivering a lecture at the ongoing 2022 Zuma Film Festival.
“With the return to democracy in 1999, several waivers, grants, tax holidays, rebates and incentives were given to super industrialists, helping them to wax strong from available statistics,” the minister said, “It therefore becomes very logical for us to try these same measures which have worked in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors and see if they wouldn’t also succeed in the creative industry sector.”
Ms Aliyu argued that the only major way the government could make the creative industry attractive to investors and major players was to introduce waivers, grants, tax holidays, rebates and other related incentives.
She lamented that lip service had been paid to the quest for a film industry development fund over the years, adding that the film industry needed a better understanding of the tax laws and how they apply to the industry.
She, however, assured stakeholders that the present administration was leaving no stone unturned toward ensuring that the tax environment was investment-friendly.
The minister said that an investor-friendly tax environment would certainly attract foreign investment because tax incentives available within a nation’s tax environment constitute veritable opportunities for local and foreign investors to build on.
She said that the COVID-19 pandemic had taken a toll on countries, global economies, industries, families and individuals world over and has left humans with the “new normal.”
Ms Aliyu, however, reiterated that the FCT Administration was poised to provide all the necessary incentives that would attract major players in the film industry into the nation’s capital city.
The Director-General and Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation, Chidia Maduekwe, pointed out that the Nigerian Film Corporation Annual Lecture series remains one of the corporation’s platforms used to contribute to the evolution of policy frameworks.
“Policy documents and frameworks are, by no means, mere directional intent; they are key navigational and instructional compasses which provide clear and distinct objectives as well as the means to achieving them.”
Mr Maduekwe called for a policy framework that would not only provide the needed opportunities, but which could exacerbate the needed impetus to grow the Nigerian creative economy.
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