On January 7, 2020, the Nigerian Film Corporation signed an MoU with the Defense Headquarters in Abuja. The agreement hopes to provide the favorable atmosphere for Nigerian filmmakers to work closely with the Nigerian military in projecting the activities of the Nigerian military and as well make it possible for film makers to draw support of the military in producing military-based films.
According to the terms of the MoU, benefiting filmmakers can now have access, especially to military hardware, apparatuses and other equipment during production. The Understanding will also make it possible for film makers to have access to military logistics during production of specialized films.
The military has so much to gain also from the MoU. The film industry, through NFC’s guidance, is expected also to provide the expertise that the military will need in producing specialized films and documentaries that will aid military-civil relations and project the historic valor and exploits of the Nigerian military within and outside the country. This is in the face of the gallantry of the military in the ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency in the country, which most times have gone unnoticed.
The NFC and Defense Headquarters are of the agreement that the time has come for both agencies to work closely to bridge the relations gap between the military and civil populace using film as a veritable communication tool in enhancing military-civil relations. The initiative also is expected to give the armed forces the global presence it deserves.
The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has also extolled the institutionalization of the cooperation and partnership describing I as a milestone in the annals of Nigeria-military relations considering the uneasy atmosphere between film makers and the military.
At the event, the Defense Headquarters was represented by the Rear Admiral Obed Habila Ngabalak who is the Chief of Defense Civil-Military Relations, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Film Corporation and Mr. Augustus Babajide Ajibola, Director of Entertainment and Creative Services represented the Federal Ministry of Information.