The recently announced performing musicians association of Nigeria-Nigeria music distribution network (PMAN-NMDN) has taken off with the signing of the joint venture agreement (JVA) between PMAN & NIPOST.
The JVA, signed at the protea hotel in Lagos recently, is a collaboration that will ensure that all musical works (CDs, DVDs & Cassettes) released in Nigeria, or imported pass through a controlled distribution system that will permit accountability, transparency and efficiency. The signing is believed to be an efficient commercial solution to illegal operations in products of entertainment industry
While the president, Admiral Dele Abiodun signed on behalf of PMAN, Alhaji Ibrahim Mori Baba Danmasin Fakai, the post master general, signed on behalf of NIPOST. Abiodun said the kickoff was a sign that the entertainment industry will be better off in a short while.
“The MDN is a scientific model of music distribution; it will help in sanitizing the distribution of music in Nigeria. I’m happy about this because we promised it to Nigerian Musicians when we were coming on board. Our musicians can now concentrate on their works and forget about how it is distributed”, he said.
Similarly, Alhaji Ibrahim described the signing of the JVA as historic, assuring that NIPOST would deliver on its part of the bargain. With this agreement, the services and facilities of the NIPOST in terms of warehousing, transportation and ICT tracking system, which allow letters and parcels to reach parts of the country on 24 to 48 hours basis, are being conscripted to ensure that music and other commercial works on CD,VCD and DVD reach the markets simultaneously from the date of release, leaving no vacuum for illegal dealers to fill.
NIPOST will provide spaces at designated post offices for the distribution of musical and ancillary works, inform of large consignments of commercial CDs, VCDs and DVDs brought to it from any other sources, act as registration agent for stakeholders, and work in its possession within the period agreed for the recipient to pick them up.