The Dircetor-General (DG) of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, said that the creative industry is the sector worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Runsewe stated this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The DG explained that close to 70 percent of people engaged in the sector were not on salary, which has made their lives unbearable since the rampage of the pandemic.

“70 percent of people in the creative sector, including photographers, fashion makers and others do not earn monthly salaries, but make their living from their handiworks from day to day,” he said.

He explained that the Federal Government would soon offer support to the creative sector to alleviate the effects of Covid-19 on the industry.

Runsewe, who dubbed as the Chairman of the Post Covid-19 Initiative on the Creative Industry stated: “the Federal Government set up the committee to advise and implement measures to cushion the devastating effects of the pandemic on the sector.”

He disclosed that discussion had been held with shoemakers, tailors and those people in the hospitality sector to confirm the level at which the pandemic has affected lives and businesses.

The DG expressed that the committee’s report had been submitted to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Minister is working tirelessly to ensure that the report is implemented.

He said that there is hope that the sector will bounce back with the support from the Federal Government.

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