The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has urged filmmakers to always seek proper approval before using corps members’ uniform while shooting their movies.
The NYSC official also said that illegal use of its uniform in movies would no longer be tolerated by the management.
NYSC Assistant Director of Legal Services, Mr Christian Oru made this known in Lagos during a meeting between National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and creative industry stakeholders on enabling laws and strengthening of professional guilds and associations.
Mr. Oru said that before using NYSC uniform in movies, the filmmaker must submit an application letter, stating exactly what the uniform would be used for and must acknowledge NYSC in the movie.
He said that the filmmakers would also have to submit their scripts to NYSC to enable them observe how NYSC would be represented in the movie.
The NYSC officials also noted that administrative handling charges had been introduced for filmmakers before the use of the uniforms.
According to him, the NYSC is open to allowing film makers to advertise their movies on its various camp grounds.
On his part, The Chairman, Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigerian (CEAN), Mr Patrick Lee, however, expressed displeasure over NYSC’s move to charge film makers for other things apart from the use of corps members’ uniform and use of their camp grounds.
Mr. Lee said that demanding for other charges aside from uniform and location was unfair.
According to him, using NYSC uniform in movies gives publicity to the organisation and should be encouraged.
“We should see ourselves as partners in progress in this entire scenario; for us in the cinemas, we already have a discounted rate for corps members who visit the cinema,” he said.