By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Veteran Nollywood actor, Ejike Asiegbu, has firmly expressed his support to the the Nigerian governments on the the plan to surcharge Nigerian companies who invest monies in promoting foreign football leagues and use the funds for the development of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, LaiMohammed, recently revealed a planned amendment of the National Broadcasting Code which help improve the standard of the NPFL, and insisted that Nigerian companies sponsoring foreign football leagues on local television must be ready to pay the 30% of their budget for the development of the Nigerian League.
"There's no doubt that we Nigerians want the local league to be better than it is now," Asiegbu who takes keen interest in football matters and was in South Africa in 2010 to support the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"We've seen some improvements in the standard of football, but the management of the clubs are equally important. The minister meant well because that means that the resources you spend outside of Nigeria will be within Nigeria.
"The 30% budget that these companies will remit to the Nigerian government can improve the standards of stadiums, welfare of the Nigerian League players and so many other things.
"I've seen television commercials of Nigerian companies supporting English teams in particular. Are we saying that they cannot do same for Nigerian clubs?"
"Nigeria have wonderful players here in the NPFL, but in terms of infrastructure and development we still lag behind when compared to what you see in South Africa or in north Africa," Asiegbu stressed.
Asiegbu, a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) however disagrees with the Information minister on stopping Nigerian movies and music videos from being shot outside the country.
"I do not believe he actually said that although a lot of people have said that. If indeed that is the plan, then it is myopic.
"Aside being an actor, I have interests in tourism and I know that exporting your culture to other nations will be beneficial to the practitioners and your economy," Asiegbu concluded.