The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and the Defence Headquarters have expressed the need to urgently address the wrong portraiture of armed forces personnel in Nigerian films. Equally, both institutions have resolved to embark on joint stakeholder engagements that will lead to the provision of research, equipment and personnel support to independent film makers who undertake the production of Nigerian military related films. In this regard, the Nigerian Armed Forces is to collaborate with the NFC in the production of television and film series that will underscore the numerous national, regional and global successes of its personnel in contributing towards peace and security.
These were the outcome of a meeting between the NFC and the Defence Department of Civil Military Cooperation (DDCIMIC) which took place at the headquarters of NFC in Jos on Tuesday, October 8.
At the meeting, Rear Admiral O.H Ngalabak, Director, DDCIMIC, expressed the Defence Headquarters’ deep concern of the sometimes inappropriate portraiture of the Armed Forces in Nigerian films. He said that the Nigerian Armed Forces and its personnel have for several years been under reported, despite its successes, citing its operations in Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Sudan and other peace keeping and enforcement operations across the globe. The nation, he said, had the capacity to address these concerns, which can be achieved through motion picture. Rear Admiral O.H Ngalabak, at the meeting said that the Defence Headquarters recognizes the statutory responsibility of the NFC and was therefore willing to collaborate and tackle these concerns which will in the immediate and near future, enable the good people of Nigeria and from other countries of the world appreciate the enormous sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces and its personnel.
The DDCIMIC Director, assured that machinery to enable the defence headquarters have an interactive meeting with Nigerian Film industry leaders and representatives of film guilds and associations across the country on a date to be announced shortly has been put in place, and sought the assistance of the NFC in this direction.
Earlier, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director, said that the collaboration between the two institutions had to be reignited because of the need to emplace a policy framework that will engender a seamless working environment for Nigerian film stakeholders. He equally assured that the NFC will sustain its partnerships and collaboration with domestic and foreign institutions, with the sole objective of promoting the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), as a brand, which he equally said, has become a tool for international diplomacy.
Dr. Maduekwe further noted that Nigeria has a reservoir of good stories. He congratulated Nigerian film producers for the great achievements recorded so far, and craved that they take opportunity of the emerging collaboration between the NFC and DDCIMIC to up the stakes of their film projects. He assured the DDCIMIC delegation of NFC’s preparedness to fully undertake its role in the collaboration, saying that NFC sees the objectives of the engagement between the two institutions as key to addressing the potential loss of history of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Notable Nigerian Film Stakeholders, Alhaji Ibarahim Nakande, (former Minister of State, Information & Communication), Mr. Victor Okhai, Alhaji Sani Muazu, Mr. Kenneth Gyang, Chineze Anyaene were present during the meeting at the NFC headquarters in Jos, Plateau State.
Part of the itinerary of the DDCIMIC delegation was physical film infrastructure tour of NFC and the permanent site of the National Film Institute, Jos.