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Filmmaker wants stiffer sanction for movie pirates



Nigerian filmmaker, Akeem Alimi, popularly known as `Ajala Jalingo’ on Friday appealed to the Federal Government to place stiffer sanctions on movie pirates in the country.


Alimi told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos  that the activities of pirates  had continued to frustrate filmmakers,  adding that their actions were against the growth of the creative industry.


“The activities of the movie pirates are really frustrating filmmakers.


“The government has to do something drastic about it before the pirates will desist from such a criminal act.


“For me, the sanction should be death penalty because their activities had indirectly killed several filmmakers in the past and, even. now,” he said.


Alimi, a former leader of Lagos State chapter of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), noted that most Nollywood actors were suffering contrary to the general belief that they were living in affluence.


“Nigerians believe that by the virtue of actors’ fame; they live a life of financial abundance, but they are absolutely wrong,” the filmmaker said.


According to him, most of his colleagues only struggle to produce their films due to their passion for the job.


He said that it was the few who fate had smiled upon either through wealthy relatives or friends that were having it good to go.


He, however, called on the Federal Government to assist filmmakers through intervention funds, adding that film production requires a huge financial commitment.


“A lot of people believe that we are living in abundance.


“I can authoritatively tell you that we are just suffering and smiling because we are only struggling to produce our films.


“We expend so much money on film production, censorship and more.


“Piracy and capital for film production remain our biggest problems.


“We beg government to come to our aid so that we can be equipped to do our jobs.


“We should be assisted with intervention funds, constant training for both renowned and up-and-coming actors.


“This will also help in upgrading the quality of films produced in this country,” he said.


Alimi said that the movie industry had the capacity to create employment opportunities.


He said that every filmmaker had the capacity to employ no fewer than 50 trainees during every production.


He said that actors should begin to enjoy the dividends of democracy for contributing to the coming into positions of authority by some of the politicians,


“Filmmaking is a huge employer of labour; it is capable of taking the youth completely away from the streets.


“We have been clamouring for government’s assistance for long.


“So, we need to talk more for them to hear us out,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada.

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Covid-19: Take border security more seriously, Curator urges FG



The Curator, National Museum of Unity, Ibadan, Dr Amos Olorunnipa, has urged the Federal Government to ensure that the nation’s borders are not porous.

Olorunnipa told the Nigeria News Agency in an interview on Friday in Ibadan that security at the borders should also be taken more seriously.

According to him, considering the number of deaths recorded in UK, US, other countries as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, there is urgent need for Nigeria to take more precautionary measures.

The curator said that one way to make lockdowns effective was for governments at all levels to provide relief materials for the citizens.

Such relief materials, he said, should accompanied with social benefits, such as suspending taxes and bills as well as offering cash and food materials to the less-privileged.

“Policies should be put in place for such measures to work effectively, he said, adding that there should also be provision of nose masks, hand gloves and sanitisers at subsidised rates by government and well-spirited individuals and organisations.

“The pandemic will certainly cause many effects on heritage tourism. To cushion this, the government should provide some palliatives to the people.

“The historical, ethnographic and archeological potentials of the country must be identified, preserved and harnessed through a well- coordinated museum administration.

“Government can do this by evolving a policy that will provide adequate funding for museums and related cultural institutions as well as adequate human and material resources that will ensure proper management of cultural heritage, especially in times like this.

“Others include provision of adequate conservation laboratories and facilities for preservation, availability of modern security devices, storage facilities, while exhibition should be community-based, with didactic and intellectual values.

“There should be involvement of local communities and provision of infrastructural facilities in rural areas as motivations for the rural populace in preserving national heritage,” he said.

Olorunnipa also stressed the need for Nigeria to have a national demonstration through exhibition of the impacts of Coronavirus after the pandemic.

He said that the effect of the virus and the attendant lockdown orders on the tourism sector could not be overemphasised, saying that it would affect the country’s revenue and tourism industry in terms of visits by tourists to the country.

“In the bid to contain the spread of the virus, all foreign travelling must be shelved until the global health emergency abates, while all meetings, conferences and workshops must be put on hold, for now.

Olorunnipa said for the tourism and culture sectors to survive the present situation, there should be stringent measures to cushion the effects on the country’s heritage.

“While staying at home, we can engage in meaningful activities that will add values to the development of the tourism sector,” he said.

While commending both the federal and state governments on the action taken so far to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country, he called on Nigerians to ensure strict observance of all the necessary precautionary measures.

“Above all, we should all run to the almighty God to have mercy on us,” he said.

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Coronavirus negatively impacting on entertainment, tourism sectors–Don



An ecotourism expert, Prof. Lameed Gbolagade, says the coronavirus pandemic is negatively impacting on the entertainment and tourism sectors.

Gbolagade, a professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Ibadan, said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan.

The don said  that with the shutdown of borders,  activities in the entertainment and tourism sectors had been grounded.

According to him, the global community is already losing interest in recreation and relaxation activities.

“If these effects of total lockdown persist longer than expected, many tourism centers or recreational areas will become moribund and irreversible effect may set in.

“To re-activate such events and centres will become both expensive and only serious minded stakeholders would be interested, ” he said.

Gbolagade, however, said that nature has ways of correcting itself, adding that this could work to some extent to favour restoration of some centres.

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Social distancing: Monarch expresses satisfaction with level of compliance by subjects



Oba Olufemi Ogunleye of Akinale in Ogun, has expressed satisfaction with the rate of his subjects’ compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on social distancing, to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The Towulade of Akinale told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Wednesday that the people had adhered to all preventive measures advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health.

“I’m quite impressed that people are complying with the preventive measures of constant hand washing, sanitising and general improvement on personal hygiene.

” I held a townhall meeting with my people and we have sensitised them on what to do; they are adhering to all.

” We made them realise that they must wash their hands thoroughly before engaging in any form of local production.

” We have been able to educate them well enough to guard against being apprehensive, but to always stay cautious,” he said.

The monarch also disclosed that most of the community members had embraced some other ancient herbs which, according to him, had been used during such forms of pandemic in the past.

” Most of the people have started using this herb called ‘tagiri’ in Yoruba language; this is an ancient herb to ward off evil in the land.

” I pray for the entire nation, may God protect us all at this critical period,” he said.

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KTSTA negotiates with company to provide more vehicles



KTSTA negotiates with company to provide more vehicles


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Katsina, April 1, 2020 The General Manager of Katsina State Transport Authority (KTSTA), Alhaji Haruna Musa, says the State Government is negotiating with TATA Company to provide more vehicles to the authority.

Musa disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Katsina on Wednesday.

He said TATA is a company based in Lagos that manufactures different brands of buses and cars for sale to the public.

He said that the need to purchase more buses for the outfit was imperative in view of the growing demand for its services.

The general manager said with additional buses, the company would be able to satisfy the demands of many passengers who want to travel to different destinations across the country.

He said as soon as the authority got more buses it would cover all the states in the federation.

He commended members of the public for their high patronage, reiterating that the organisation would not compromise passengers’ safety and comfort.

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COVID-19: NIWA donates N10m to NCDC, LASG



The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has donated N10 million to the Lagos State Government and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to help in the fight against spread of COVID-19.


Mr Tayo Fadile, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos.


According to NIWA, N5 million was given to NCDC and another N5 million to the Lagos State government.


It said the donation was made out of concern about the ravaging impact of the pandemic to the nation.


“As part of our corporate social responsibilities, we graciously donate the sum of N5 million to the NCDC and another N5 million to the Lagos State Government.


“This will help government fight the killer virus with more vigor and determination,” it said.


It said the management also urged all Nigerians to obey government directives on COVID-19, as the only way to restore sanity and ensure safety and well-being of everybody in the country.


Dr George Moghalu, Managing Director of NIWA, has directed that NIWA’s infrastructure like Ferry terminals, Dockyards, River ports, Jetties, Water Crafts, Barges and Tug boats nationwide be sanitised and the highest level of hygiene be maintained.




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COVID-19: We have reduced activities on Nigerian waterways — NIWA MD



The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) says it has reduced activities on the Nigerian waterways to curtail the spread of the ravaging COVID-19.

Dr George Moghalu, Managing Director of NIWA, made the disclosure in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency .

He said at the onset of COVID-19 outbreak, NIWA directed operators on the waterways to minimise their activities to give room for social distancing as advised by government.

He said NIWA also supplied sanitisers, hand gloves, masks and other materials to jetties across the country in compliance with preventive measures recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Federal Ministry of Health.

According to him, these materials were distributed through the organisation’s area offices.

“Presently, operations on the waterways is on a skeletal level, we told operators to minimise their activities and they have complied.

“We have made them understand that any vessel operating now will not operate at full capacity, likewise boat operators.

“The operators have been told to convey half of their usual passengers capacity, meaning if a boat is supposed to convey 20 passengers, 10 should be carried now.

“This will give room for social distancing just like vehicles are not allowed to carry full capacity.

“We have also provided some materials like sanitisers, hand gloves, masks and other materials at various jetties and passengers points across the country,” he told NAN.

Moghalu said that to further ensure adequate sensitisation on COVID-19, some pamphlets had been produced and distributed at all jetties to educate the populace on preventive measures.

He said the corporate affairs department of the organisation would look into the possibility of producing the pamphlets in other local languages for adequate comprehension for some people.

“We distribute the pamphlets at all take-off and landing points, encouraging people to observe what they have been told to do at this critical period,” the NIWA boss said.

Moghalu commended Federal Government’s efforts so far in containing the spread of coronavirus, urging the National Orientation Agency(NOA) to come up with more innovative ideas on sensitising the populace.

“NOA with offices in all the local government areas should create innovative platforms to educate people at the grassroots on COVID-19.

“Leaders at various levels should engage in some kind of sensitisation too,” he said.

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COVID-19: Boat operators association urges members to adhere to preventive measures



The Association of Tourists Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) has urged members to adhere to the social distancing rule and observe other preventive measures to avoid contracting COVID-19.


The Association’s National President, Mr Ganiyu Balogun, also the Managing Director, Tarzan Boats made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday.


Balogun said that due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all boat operators on Nigerian waterways were advised to convey only 15 passengers in a boat with capacity for 20 without increasing fares.


He advised all members to adhere to the preventive measures stated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health to remain safe.


“I am using this opportunity to call on all our members to obey the safety rules stated by WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health, likewise adhere to the social distancing rule.


“For a boat of 20 persons capacity, 15 should be conveyed, and they must ensure there are materials at every jetty with which passengers can wash their hands and get sanitised.


“We held an emergency meeting on Tuesday in Lagos here, where we took out time to sensitise our members on the safety rules.


“Some operators in Lagos have complied with the rule of carrying 15 passengers in a 20 persons capacity boat and their fares remain the same,” he said.


Balogun said that the association had indicated interest to stop operations on Lagos waterways due to the outbreak of the viral disease, but the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said they could continue.


“We are waiting for the Lagos state government’s directive on our operations due to COVID-19, we had shut down our operations before, but LASWA called us back to go ahead with our operations.


“I advise and plead with every boat operator to adhere to the safety rules, and I pray we overcome this soon,” he said.


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Susan Akporaiye takes over as NANTA 44th president



The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) on Friday in Lagos inaugurated Mrs Susan Akporaiye as the 44th President of the association.


Akporaiye, in a statement issued after she was sworn in, assured members of NANTA of continuity.


She said the association under her watch would address some challenges facing the members, which were brought by the ravaging COVID-19.


“This is the birth of a new beginning as the incoming executive council takes over under my leadership as the 44th President of NANTA.


“In due course, the incoming executives shall engage and consult with all stakeholders in order to establish and validate our priorities.


“I will then be articulating these priorities with strategies on how to move the association forward,” she said.


Akporaiye, who takes over from Mr Bankole Bernard, said she was conscious of the challenge to re-access the association’s reach and physical engagement in view of COVID-19 and the impact on global travels.


“We are conscious of the pressure to rebound and gain immediate foothold, yet determined to guide our members to follow established federal and states governments protocols on COVID-19.


“This includes practicing safety and social distancing as recommended by health officials globally.


“This is to assure our stakeholders, friends and principals that NANTA is united and in safe hands under my watch.


“The watchword under my watch will be teamwork,” she said.


She said as the president, she would ensure that members had the right platform to provide inputs for continuous engagements, whether physical or digital.


“I reassure you as president, my priorities will be your priorities.


“Let me express my profound gratitude to Mr Bernard, the board of trustees, elders, my fellow partners in leadership, all zonal leadership and members, not excluding our very friends in the travel and tourism and the media.


“Having accepted to stand and hold forth as the 44th NANTA president, I ask God Almighty to grant me wisdom and knowledge to lead this great body and make it greater than ever before,” she said.


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COVID-19: Runsewe urges industry players to stay safe, watchful



Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General,  National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), on Wednesday called on culture and tourism players not to lose faith in view of the sudden spread of COVID-19 which had engulfed humanity.

Runsewe said in a statement that though the industry was highly affected, practitioners would survive the scourged if they adhered strictly to the preventive measures stated by health authorities.

“Our industry had survived many socio-economic and medical visitations in the past because we are very close to the people and we will be the first to experience negative impact of any local or global restiveness on all fronts.

“Yes, we have lost money from bookings for our various cultural tourism events, running our hotels on low occupancy and generally witnessed a lockdown never seen before.

“But am confident, once it is over, our industry will respond positively beyond expectation; so I urge all of us to be careful and prayerful,” he said.

Runsewe commended the leadership of all private sector players in culture and tourism industries for the proactive actions taken to educate customers and owners of leisure businesses on COVID-19 protocols.

“Apart from medical professionals, our industry practitioners are also in the frontline of falling victims to this homongous pestilence.

“I commend all levels of leadership in the sector for keeping all concerned well informed about the impact of the disease,” he said

Runsewe noted that the closure of land borders and restrictions of air travels would mitigate the spread of the dreaded viral outbreak.

He praised the federal and state governments response to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

” This is not a period to fear and panic but to watch, pray and follow all sanctioned protocols.

“It shall be with us and very soon if we take to regulations, our culture and tourism engagements will bounce back, better and bigger,”  Runsewe said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi


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