Filmmakers have been asked to always seek appropriate approval from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management before using corps members’ uniform in their movies.
Mr Christian Oru, NYSC Assistant Director of Legal Services, said this during a meeting between National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and creative industry stakeholders in Lagos.
Oru said that illegal use of its uniform in movies would no longer be tolerated by the management and also directed filmmakers to submit an application letter, stating exactly what the uniform would be used for. He added that they must acknowledge NYSC in the movie asides submitting their scripts to enable them observe how NYSC would be represented in the movie.
According to him: “ 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.”
Announcing that administrative handling charges have been introduced for filmmakers before the use of the uniforms, the NYSC Assistant Director of Legal Services also said NYSC is open to allowing filmmakers to advertise their movies on its various camp grounds.
He added: “We want a token from what you generate from the production of such movies where our uniforms are used, this is known as administrative charges.
“This is because we spend money to produce these uniforms, we will like to work with you and we promise that we will all be on the same page to ensure we are developing the industry and the nation as well.”