‘MOPICON is necessary’ – DGN president, Fred Amata declares

    Fred Amata

    Nollywood actor and DGN president, Fred Amata has declared that the proposed establishment of the Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPICON), which many entertainers have poured scorn on, is necessary.

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    In an interview with NET, Fred disclosed that MOPICON is needed in order to regulate and protect the Nigerian movie industry.

    ‘MOPICON is necessary. It is needed. Especially in the evolution of Nollywood as a business, as a sub sector of the Economy. We need a practice that is structured. People have argued that we want to control practitioners and I say no, we need to control the practice. That’s what MOPICON can do for us at this time. We need to protect the practice, to define the code of ethics and the terms with which people practice and to improve generally the working conditions of practice in Nigeria,’ he said.

    Fred Amata

    Speaking further, Amata said: ‘There’s nowhere in the world that you can jump on the street and begin to film. So there’s been various arguments as to whether MOPICON should regulate practice, as to regulate practitioners, my take is that, we need a MOPICON to regulate practice. We must regulate practice. There’s no alternative. The alternative to that regulation will amount to chaos, will take us back. We have gone too far, we don’t need anything that will take us back.’

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    He added, ‘Even though we agreed that there are some clauses that shouldn’t be there. The most controversial is the jail terms. I am part of the MOPICON bill committee and from …Read More

    Source:: The NET