The National President of Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria, MOPPAN, Dr. Ahmad Sarari, has condemned the alleged emergence of a parallel body, warning that except the industry is united, “we would continue to wallow in the challenges inherent in the industry.
A statement by the association’s National Publicity Secretary, Al-Amin Ciroma, said Mr Sarari made this known to newsmen while reacting to a report alleging that some state executives had formed a parallel union.
Mr Sarari condemned yearnings by some state chairmen to form a so-called ‘concerned chairmen forum,’ adding that it could not be condoned by the association.
According to him, the alleged union is contrary to the constitution and code of ethics of MOPPAN.
He said such practice should no longer be unfettered.
He, however, encouraged unity and togetherness as a tool towards greater achievements in MOPPAN.
“MOPPAN should not be seen or conceived as a political body, it is a professional organization that aims at promotion and developing activities of motion picture in Nigeria,” he said.
Mr Sarari disclosed that association had made all arrangements to adhere strictly to its codes of practice.
He added, however, that although MOPPAN had gone through series of challenges, the Sarari led-tenure is determine to curb out all menace and peril the members of the organization found themselves in.
“I wish to call on all executives and members of MOPPAN to know that we are going to be as transparent as possible in order to achieve greater success.
“On the issue of the states’ chairmen who formed a union, I will use this medium to condemn it categorically, because it is unconstitutional.
“MOPPAN is not a political platform where people come with their respective views and struggles, we are rather professional people, who aim at promoting all activities of the motion picture industry.
“I call on all members of MOPPAN to give this effort some support in moving ahead,” said MOPPAN boss.
Recall that MOPPAN had recently held a national conference and elections held in Dutse, Jigawa State capital on October 26, producing national executives of the association.