He said this in Lagos in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria that Nigerian entertainers were the worst hit by the restrictions orders during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The flutist, who dubbed as the Chairman, Entertainment Foundation, explained that night clubs and multipurpose halls were shut down and live shows were banned, entertainers such as musicians, actors and comedians were hugely affected, since they have no streams of income.
He state that palliative must be extended to these individuals just as practised in other countries in Europe and United States of America.
The musician expressed disappointment that no Nigerian entertainers had received any palliative from the government since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
He said: “Nigerian entertainers are suffering, if government bans live shows, night clubs and multipurpose halls from operating, they should also cushion the effect on entertainers who were not working by providing palliatives.
“In 2020, we were told that some money was earmarked as Covid-19 palliative for Nigerian entertainers but up till now, no musician, comedian or actor has received any dime as palliative.”
“This is disheartening and I plead with the government to wade into this issue promptly because Nigerian entertainers are really suffering,
“In Switzerland, every musician gets US$3,000 per month, in United States of America, they get US$1,500 per month while musicians in the United Kingdom get 1,500 pounds, this is because their wellbeing is prioritised,” he added.
Tee Mac claimed that not less than 1.2million amateur and over 400,000 professionals musicians are suffering as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He continued: “Nigeria should not be an exemption, the wellbeing of musicians, comedians, visual artists, and actors must be placed on the front burner.
“The group of people that have suffered the most during this Covid-19 era are the entertainers, the said Covid-19 palliative should be extended to us.”