Nigerian lawmaker, Hon. Akin Alabi has reacted to the closure of cinemas while other sectors of the economy including malls and places of worship have opened.
According to him, the cinema industry will die in Nigeria if they don’t open soon. He also said it’s unfair that other sectors have resumed but not the cinemas despite the assurance that they would open at less than half capacity.
“It’s no longer making sense that cinemas are still closed. They have assured government and the public that they are ready to open at less than half capacity. Planes are flying full capacity. Parties are going on. Don’t let me mention rallies.
“I can imagine owning a cinema and my rent/lease keeps running but I’m not allowed to operate when practically all sectors of the economy have opened.
“The cinema industry will die if we do not allow them to open. The economy is practically opened. Malls, places of worship etc are opened. These new cinemas practically re-created the industry. They are not there yet. They need support. It’s unfair to them.“
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