There is a joint call by the leaders of the Association Movie Producers (AMP), Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Yoruba Film and Video Marketers Association of Nigeria (YOVIFPMAN) and Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) for the dissolution of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).
According to the groups listed above, the 52-man board has been indulging pirates as well as working at cross purposes with the Executive Director of the Board, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas.
AMP’s President, Ralph Nwadike, who addressed the issue and the need for the dissolution stated that said the decision was necessitated by the need to respond to the misdemeanor and antagonistic tendencies of NFVCB staff.
“The film industry welcomed the appointment of Alhaji Adedayo Thomas as the Executive Director in 2017, and he actually began by having extensive consultation with stakeholders, which has never happened in the history of the board….the Executive Director identified numerous challenges facing the industry and started by confronting them. He penetrated and orchestrated several raids in the notorious Alaba Market. This action has not gone down well with certain staffers who used to give these criminals information whenever the board made its intention to raid known. ” Nwadike said.
Accusing them of conniving with pirates, he said, “these staff are used to disbursing budgets for raids on paper without any practical action nor effect on the film market.”
Affirming their support for the leadership of Adebayo, he said, “we must state and that the director has proven to us that government agencies could positively affect the industry.”
“We urge the minister to dissolve the 52-man board and put in place a sizeable board that would have a meaningful deliberation and action plan,” he concluded.