The Actor Guild of Nigeria (AGN) said it was considering canceling film productions in some parts of the country, a sequel to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emeka Rollas, president of AGN, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
He said that while AGN was not responsible for film production and was the exclusive preserve of the Executive Producer, the guild was struggling to establish a connection with them if they could cancel production for three weeks.
Rollas said AGN was already hiring producers, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Lagos state government directive that people should not meet in more than 50.
“We are talking to producers to see how they can support themselves in terms of film production for three weeks,” said Rollas.
He said the federal government has also closed some places; therefore, the AGN must also take some measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Rollas said he ordered his member to stop meeting in large numbers, emphasizing that they should always fiddle with the hand sanitizer.
In addition, Agility Onwurah, the former Abuja AGN chapter, urged the federal government to partner with industry to redouble its efforts in the areas of awareness.
He said the Nollywood industry has a lot to offer in the area of awareness, adding that raising awareness among actors would help to reduce fear and tension about COVID-19 in the country.
However, he asked some producers to cancel production because of the effect of COVID-19, adding that they could not risk putting their team’s health at risk.
Onwurah said that AGN does not want to see its members unnecessarily exposed to the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to make films.
He said that while the cancellation has huge economic implications for the industry, he added that the safety of its members is essential.
According to him, the economic implication of COVID-19 is that it has a huge weight in the sector, because if you cannot produce, you must rely on the revenue obtained from the last production.