NYSC sends strong message to Nigerian filmmakers

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says the unapproved use of its uniform in movies will no longer be tolerated.

The corps’ assistant director of legal services Christian Oru said filmmakers should ensure they get approval before using corps’ uniform on set.

Mr Oru spoke in Lagos during a meeting between the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and creative industry stakeholders on enabling laws and strengthening of professional guilds and associations.

“For any film maker that wants any of his casts to wear the corps members’ uniform while shooting movies, we require that you write an application letter to NYSC to indicate your interest.

“We also demand that you submit your script to us for proper vetting to know how NYSC will be represented.

“We know the script is your copyright and we will do everything to ensure confidentiality,” he said.

Oru also noted that filmmakers will pay administrative handling charges before the use of the uniforms.

According to him, the NYSC is open to allowing filmmakers to advertise their movies on its various camp grounds.

Chairman, Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigerian (CEAN) Patrick Lee, however, expressed displeasure over NYSC’s move to charge filmmakers for use of corps members’ uniform and camp grounds.

According to him, using NYSC uniform in movies gives publicity to the organisation and should be encouraged.