The Lagos state government has dissociated itself from the announcement made by the Film and Video Censors Board on collection of 5% levy on Audio and Visual contents of all Physical and Digital Platforms.
The state government announced this in a tweet signed by Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner, Information and Strategy, Lagos State.
It would be recalled that the founder of Iroko TV, Jason Njoku, disclosed a request for the said payment in a letter signed by the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun.
The Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board issued a 30-day notice to all content producers operating in the state to register their products through the board’s authorized agent within 30 days, adding that all audio and visual content produced and sold within Lagos State would attract the payment of 5% levy on each item
The government said, “The Executive Secretary, who was not authorized to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry”
“The fifth pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, the development policy of this Administration, is Entertainment and Tourism. Practitioners are partners in our effort to ensure that Lagos State remains Africa’s leader in entertainment.
“The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration is not insensitive to the fact that the industry has been badly hit by the effects of the COVID -19 pandemic and empathizes with this and other sectors of the economy.”
“All stakeholders in the Entertainment Industry are advised to disregard the said publication.”
Media aide to the Lagos State Government, Jubril Gawa reportedly said that the State Government was not consulted before having the statement issued.