President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Emeka Ike, on Monday said that the ongoing restructuring of the entertainment industry would boost activities there and the welfare of the thespians.
Ike told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that the stakeholders in the industry also needed to re-strategise to deal with those pirating their creative output.
“Entertainers in Nigeria have little or nothing to fall back on when they are aged. This results in the pain and grievance of artists who see their fellow entertainers die because they lack resources for their up keep,” he said.
NAN reports that recently, a veteran artist, Larry Williams, decried the precarious conditions of his generation.
Williams urged the government to come up with policy that would make life comfortable for them in their old age.
Ike speaking further said that the welfare of entertainers relied on the structure of the industry, which for now was faulty, and needed to be overhauled to enhance its growth and credibility.
“With no doubts, I am happy to know that we have new executive members who have started off on the right path and will surely do great with our support. Only when we decide to have a structure in place, then we can have reasonable progress,” he said.
The president said that the misrepresentation of the sector by some of its leaders who were more concerned about their personal benefits was one of its greatest challenges.
“I barely have a clue as to why we do not have good people to represent us before government and the public.”
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he appointed only someone of proven integrity to head the Ministry of Arts and Culture.
Ike said that such would be able to inject new ideas into the entertainment industry. (NAN)