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Lagos State Governor Suspends Executive Secretary Of Film And Video Censors Board Over Illegal 5% Levy



The Lagos State Governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu has suspended the executive director of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun over an illegal 5% Levy he imposed on all audio and visual content streamed on all phyical and digital platforms around Lagos.

There were earlier reports by LIB, that the executive secretary had issued letters to the management of Iroko TV demanding the payment of the 5% levy on all audio and video contents produced, marketed, streamed and downloaded within Lagos.

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The Lagos State commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho later dismissed the content of such letters saying that, they have not instructed the executive secretary to do that.

He added that, the office of the State Governor is not oblivious of the hardships imposed on the creative industry and all other sectors of the economy by the global Covid-19 pandemic, and will not be that insensitive towards the creative industry players.

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A statement from the office of the State Governor reads in bits: “There is no levy on audio and visual contents of all physical and digital platforms in Lagos State. The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, is said to have announced a five per cent levy.”

“The government hereby dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media. The Executive Secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry.”

Source: AfricaCelebrities.Com