By Angeleen Nkwocha
The Director General of the National Gallery of Arts, NGA, Mr Abdullahi Muku has appealed to the National Assembly to make haste in passing the proposed Embellishment and Art Royalty bill into law to aid revenue generation for the organisation stressing that it will cater for artists in the country especially female artists during international exhibitions.
Muku said this recently when the executive officers of Female Artists Association of Nigeria led by its President Chinze Ojobo paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
The DG said the law setting up the National Gallery of Arts targets it as a service provider with little attention given to revenue generation, adding that the agency is in talks with the National Assembly to get the proposed Embellishment and Royalty bill enacted into law so it will have privy to royalties.
“We have put the bill again before this National Assembly. I am sure by the time it gets to stakeholders it will assist cater for artists to go for international exhibitions”, he said.
Muku while congratulating the Executive officers said the Gallery has always supported female artists stressing that “when you empower a woman you empower a nation.” He said although funding has been a major challenge but it will not relent in supporting the female artists and getting them empowered.
Speaking earlier the President of FAAN, Chinze Ojobo said the aim of the visit was to introduce its Executive officers who were inaugurated over four months ago. Chinze said the organisation has been in existence since 2001 and has indulged in annual exhibitions to celebrate the African woman.
She said the platform encourages female artists showcase their talent and get empowered adding that it collaborates with various International organisations to push the female artists forward. While appreciating the NGA for its support over the years she beckoned for assistance for its upcoming exhibition slated for 1st October in Johannesburg, South Africa to enable its members display their exhibitions.