From Kenneth Udeh, Abuja
A bill sponsored by Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) seeking to establish a commission that would resolve disputes between entertainment companies and their signees has been granted first reading on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.
The bill fronted by Abbo, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Creative Economy is entitled: “Creative Economy Commission ( Establishment) (SB. 124) and was introduced during plenary by the Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele.
The Senate which resumed from after its seven- annual long week recess subsequently adopted the bill numbered 16 on the order paper and granted it first reading after it was put to a voice vote presided by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The approval of the bill comes two weeks after the death of Popular street Hip-Hop artiste, Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad who died last week at the age of 27. Mohbad’s demise has continued to generate uproar as a result of the circumstances that lead to his death.
Though the reason behind his death is yet to be unraveled and ascertained , accusing fingers have been pointing at his former record Label Boss, Nairamarley following a disagreement they had prior to his death.
Abbo had declared his intention to sponsor the Bill last week Thursday in Lekki, Lagos State, when he paid a condolence visit to the residence of Mrs Adebose Olumuyi, the mother of late Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.
Speaking further, Abbo said that the senate, in collaboration with the Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy, will see to the creation of the commission.
He added that the creation of the commission will help to ensure that no one takes the law into their hands between record labels and their signees.
“When we have this commission, nobody will start taking things into their own hands. But this doesn’t exist now in this country and I am assuring you that the Senate of the 10th assembly, in collaboration with the minister for creative economy, will come up with a commission called creative economy commission,” he revealed.