Sanwo-Olu suspends LSFVCB boss
The Lagos State Government has suspended the chairman of the State’s Film and Video Censors Board, Banidele Balogun for illegal demanding of 5% levy from digital content producers in the state.
Recall that some time last month, Bamidele Balogun had asked all diital content producers to pay 5% levy for all audio and visual contents sold within the state.
He had even gone the extra mile to ask all entertainers to register their products within 30 days or risk being fined. He said that the move was going to reduce the rate of fake copies produced within the state.
The Lagos State Government has however, suspended Mr. Balogun, maintaining that he had no right to make such move independently.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotosho, while announcing his suspension said: “The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration is not insensitive to the fact that the (entertainment) industry has been badly hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and empathises with this and other sectors of the economy.”
This move by the Lagos State Government was made after Jason Njoku, CEO of videon on demand platform iRokotv posted a picture on his Twitter page of a private letter sent to him by the Bamidele Balogun of LSFVCB.