By Dubem George
The Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alhaji Adedayo Thomas,
has reacted to the recent issuance of a 30-day notice by the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board (LSFVCB) on content producers to duly register their contents with the body, saying the decision is not in line with the Federal Government Ease of doing business agenda in the country.
Adedayo’s reaction was coming against the backdrop of the practitioners in the creative industry perceiving the new policy as a double taxation on their part.
Reacting to the policy on the WhatsApp group, Film4Life, NFVCB boss urged the industry operators to ignore the policy and concentrate on their businesses.
“When ideas come from idleness of those being paid from public fund, you condemn with one voice , ignore it and concentrate on your business.”
“How can anyone come up with this when the Federal Government Ease of doing business is in place in line with sound policy for a conducive environment,” Adedayo sad.
The Executive Secretary of LSFVCB, Mr Bamidele Balogun, gave the notice recently while unveiling a platform by the Performing Musicians Employers Association (PMAN) and Lafrique Promedia, to track and generate revenue for the entertainers.
“The board will advise practitioners involved in production, sale, distribution of audio and visual products to register their products through the board’s authorised agent within 30 days.
“Practitioners and stakeholders are also informed that henceforth, all audio and visual contents produced and sold within Lagos State shall attract the payment of five per cent levy on each item.
“This exercise will, however, assist the Lagos State Government in policy formulation, with regard to planning and funding for the sector,” he said.
Balogun said that violators of the registration would face severe sanctions by the board, calling for the cooperation of stakeholders to achieve the goal. The decision since has been generating mixed-feelings in the industry.
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