Federal Government Speaks About High Employment Rate In Fashion And Tourism Industry
The Federal Government’s Post Covid-19 Initiative Committee on the Creative Industry has revealed that the fashion industry, hospitality and tourism contributed over N3.2 trillion to national economy. This was made known by the minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed recently.
The minister gave an insight into the report recently submitted to the government by the committee led by ace comedian, Ali Baba. Mohammed, who was a guest at a Forum in Abuja, said that the recommendations by the committee, set up to advise government on how to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the creative industry, were revealing “The film industry accounts for about N140 billion, the music industry revenue is over N300 billion while the comedy industry accounts for about N17 billion,” he said.
The minister said that besides the revenues generated, the report revealed how many people were employed by each sector.
“The beauty and hair care industry does not only account for about 30,000 practitioners, also about 15,000 pieces of hair care, beauty care are sold every month in Nigeria.
The minister said the report detailed how the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively impacted on the various industries and suggested what could be done to kick-start and sustain their growth.
Specifically, he said the distancing rules have affected the ability to go out to shoot, produce and distribute films while the lockdown affected musical concerts and invitation of musicians to social functions.
“The same goes for the fashion industry because there is nothing to trigger demand for the hair and beauty care. Of course, when there are no parties and with the face masks the people are putting on, the demand for the products has gone down,” he said.
He commended the committee members for a selfless and detailed work in mapping and giving value to the industries and assured that the report would not be swept under the carpet.