The National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and the Lagos State Government have agreed to resolve the issues of multiple taxation and overregulation of film makers in the state.
This is in view of the five per cent tax recently imposed on film makers in the state by the Lagos State Films and Video Censors Board (LSFVCB).
Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, NFVCB Executive Director, said that the existing Memorandum of Understanding between LSFVCB and NFVCB would soon be reviewed to resolve the issues of multiple taxation and overregulation of film makers.
Thomas spoke during a training and sensitisation for film marketers and distributors in Oshodi-Isolo area of Lagos.
The forum was jointly
organised by Rep. Bashiru Daudu, representing Oshodi-Isolo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly and the NFVCB.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LSFVCB recently issued a 30-day notice to content producers in Nigeria to duly register their contents with the body with a five per cent levy.
“I must commend the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, who is categorical in her opposing position to the five per cent tax from LSFVCB and made effective moves to quench the inconsiderate policy.
“Having had meetings with the commissioner, I am glad we are having a headway and one of the measures taken is to review and amend the existing MOU with the LSFVCB to counter the burning issues of taxation and overregulation in the industry.
“The committee shall tentatively be composed of me, as the Chairman; the commissioner, as the co-Chairman; Moses Babatope, 1st vice Chairman; Peace Anyiam, 2nd vice Chairperson, Zik Zulu, Secretary and others.
“We welcome more dialogue and robust conversation on the issues impeding the industry, we must also realise that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has consistently demonstrated the will to promote Nigeria’s economic development.
“The administration has continually infused support to the non-oil sectors to stimulate its diversification agenda,” he said.
Thomas said that the board had domesticated Buhari’s ease of doing business policy and had continued to sustain 7-day window for prompt film preview and classification in spite of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The President empowered the board through capacity development and prompt release of funds to tackle the cankerworm of intellectual property theft.
“This contributed significantly to the seizure and destruction of over N1 billion worth of unapproved and unclassified films and video works,” he said.
The executive director said that to demonstrate more commitment to the developmental cause of the industry, the board would blacklist film producers and distributors who contravene the NFVCB Act henceforth.
“From Jan. 1, 2021, we shall only be dealing with duly registered and approved professional bodies in the industry under the three categories of : producers, distributors and exhibitors.
“This will be done to strengthen various guilds and associations and position them as recognised and approved organisations to give credence when accessing various palliatives, supports, benefits and to become formidable allies,” he said.
The commissioner for tourism, arts and culture assured film makers that the state would continue to improve on creating enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
She said that the 5th pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, the development policy of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, was entertainment and tourism, adding that this would be groomed in line with President Buhari’s ease of doing business policy.
“Practitioners are partners in our effort to ensure that Lagos state remains Africa’s leader in entertainment.
“The government is aware of the strain the COVID-19 pandemic has exerted on the industry and we are also aware of the biting issues of piracy, paucity of sufficient funds to drive growth, intellectual property theft, lack of comprehensive and auditable data to enhance informed business decision making.
“Also, that there is a yet to be concluded case on double-taxation and overregulation of the industry which the Federal High Court decided against us on March 18, 2020, aside other challenges.
“All these and more are what will be forming the ingredients of the MoU that will be entered into with the Federal Government, through the National Film and Video Censors Board.
“You will agree with me that Lagos State understands the critical role the entertainment or creative industry plays in fostering socio-economic development through revenue generation, job creation, social and cultural cohesion and integration, mental health, therapeutic effects and many more.
“The governor has therefore marshalled solid plans to grow the creative industry and support entertainment hubs in Nigeria.
Earlier, Daudu commended Gov. Sanwo-Olu over giant strides taken in the development of the entertainment and tourism industries.
Daudu also commended efforts of the film makers, noting that the industry was a force to be reckoned with.
He urged film makers to remain diligent and focus on their profession, assuring them of reaping the fruits of their labour.
“I appreciate the governor of the state and even the NFVCB’s executive director for convincing me on this sensitisation programme, it is truly worth it.
“God has deposited special talents in you all, I can see your passion and am going to give more support,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident
Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.
This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.
The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults, one female adult, one child and six unidentified persons.
“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.
He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue operation.
Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.
He advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge
The Lagos State Emergency Managment Agency (LASEMA) has said that its ambulance team at Eti-osa delivered Ms Blessing Emmanuel, a 35 year-old woman of a live male baby.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu,
LASEMA, told Newsmen on Saturday that the baby was delivered at about 4:30 p.m under the Ajah Bridge.
”The lady, who has no home nor family in Lagos, is from Cross River State.
”Mother and baby are fine and have been taken to Island Maternity where they will get expert care,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
NIDO-Ghana plans webinar to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Ghana chapter, said on Saturday that it would organise a webinar as part of events to celebrate Nigeria’s sixtieth independence anniversary.
Mr Elija Iposu, Public Relations Officer of NIDO-Ghana, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
Iposu said the event would be organised by NIDO-Ghana in collaboration with a Ghana-based private firm, Diplomats Extra and Milestone Communications.
According to him, the webinar, which will hold on Oct. 2, is a virtual ceremony with Zoom ID: 742450910 and the title: ’60 years of Ghana-Nigeria diplomacy’.
Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, former Director-General Institute of International Affairs, and Amb. Bulus Lolo, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria are among high-ranking personalities expected to participate in the event.
Some other expected guests are Mr Oluwaseyi Adeyemi, Publisher, Inside Watch Africa Magazine, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, UN Senior Mediation Advisor, Prof. Baflour Agyeman-Duah, former UN Special Governance Advisor and Affail Monney, President Ghana Journalists Association.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sept. 16, unveiled the logo and theme for the 60th independence anniversary celebration.
He said that the celebration would be observed for a whole year, to end on Sept. 30, 2021 and would be muted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim