Filmmakers have been given a strong warning by the management of the National Youth Service Corps.
Filmmakers in Nigeria have been told to get approval before using NYSC uniform in their productions.
The assistant director of legal services Christian Oru of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said that the unapproved use of its uniform in movies will no longer be tolerated.
Mr Oru spoke in Lagos during a meeting between the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and creative industry stakeholders on enabling laws and strengthening of professional guilds and associations.
“For any filmmaker that wants any of his casts to wear the corps members’ uniform while shooting movies, we require that you write an application letter to NYSC to indicate your interest.
“We also demand that you submit your script to us for proper vetting to know how NYSC will be represented.
“We know the script is your copyright and we will do everything to ensure confidentiality,” he said.
Oru also noted that filmmakers will pay administrative handling charges before the use of the uniforms.
According to him, the NYSC is open to allowing filmmakers to advertise their movies on its various campgrounds.
Chairman, Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigerian (CEAN) Patrick Lee, however, expressed displeasure over NYSC’s move to charge filmmakers for use of corps members’ uniform and campgrounds.
According to him, using NYSC uniform in movies gives publicity to the organisation and should be encouraged.