The Cinema Exhibitors Affiliation of Nigeria (CEAN) on Friday stated it had misplaced over N6billion in the middle of the lockdown brought on by the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Patrick Lee, the Chairman of the Assocation, disclosed this throughout an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria in Lagos.
He stated that for the reason that lockdown in March, the business stored shedding N1billion on a month-to-month foundation rendering many of the employees jobless.
We’re interesting to the state and Federal Authorities to work collectively and permit us open our companies, we now have misplaced over N1billion each month that we now have been locked down and it’s over N6billion now in six months.
Most of our employees are at the moment unemployed and there are additionally over 20,000 those that depend upon the business when it comes to provides to the business and those that work with Nollywood and artisans.
We’re on the level of chapter, we wish authorities to assist us to reopen as a result of we now have been locked down for six months now and it’s actually disheartening.
Now we have seen another elements of the economic system which can be already opened and we now have put sufficient security protocols in place to make sure that when our clients return to observe films on the cinemas, they’re secure.
We promise to present room for social distancing, 50 per cent corridor occupancy, use of facemask, hand sanitisers and we now have made provision for air con programs that will pump in oxygen ceaselessly, he stated.
The CEAN Chairman expressed displeasure over cinemas classification underneath the inventive business, insisting that the business was a media-based platform.
He stated cinemas had been channels by which inventive industrys content material had been showcased to the general public and ought to be categorized as media platform.
Individuals classify us as being underneath the inventive business however we’re a media platform as properly as a result of we exhibit films which can be being achieved by the inventive business.
We dont essentially create films however we give them a platform to exhibit these films, so to have been categorized with night time golf equipment and eating places is a unsuitable classification.
We’re a media platform and we’re utilizing that platform to make sure that the inventive business has someplace it could exhibit its exhibits.
We should not have a scenario whereby we now have 100, 200 or 500 folks in the identical place on the similar time due to the character wherein cinemas function, he stated.
Lee defined that if 5 exhibits had been to be exhibited in a cinema corridor in a day, solely about 20 to 30 folks had been often accommodated in a 100-seater corridor for every present, so this had already paved manner for social distancing.
He stated that there have been 58 cinemas and 200 screens throughout the nation, with Lagos recording the best variety of cinemas.
Lee, nevertheless, known as for extra funding into the business for a extra sturdy business.
With 58 cinemas and 200 screens throughout the nation, 800 screens in South Africa, 4,000 screens in the UK, 10,000 screens in India and China, Nigeria wants a lot of funding within the cinema business.
We should not have sufficient screens to exhibit the content material that we’re creating on this nation and we wish extra funding, assist from authorities to place investments in place and have a really vibrant business, he stated.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)