Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, says the Federal Government is not relenting in it efforts to provide an enabling environment to protect the intellectual properties of artistes.
The minister gave the assurance in an interview with in Lagos at the command performance of Wole Soyinka’s “Death and the King’s Horseman’’.
The performance was organised by the National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos State on Sunday November 20, 2016 as part of events marking Soyinka’s winning the Nobel Laureate in Literature. Wole Soyinka won the prestigious prize in 1986.
Mohammed maintained that protecting the intellectual properties of artistes was very vital.
“Creativity is not a simple task, a lot of work goes into it, and so people’s works should be protected for them to earn royalties from them.
“We need to validate what we are saying, the world is there waiting for us. You can see the creativity of the play, the ingenuity and the mental work that went into the play.
“All we need is an enabling environment to protect the intellectual properties of these artistes,’’ he said.
Mohammed assured them that government would also encourage the private sectors to invest in the creative industry.
He said that there would be definite improvements in the industry when that happens.