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Lagos suspends Censors Board ES over 5% levy announcement

The state says he had no authority to announce levy on audiovisual content

The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun has been suspended after he announced a 5% levy on audiovisual content of physical and digital platforms.

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The Lagos State Government has however dissociated itself from the announcement, saying, there is no levy on audio and visual contents of all physical and digital platforms in the State.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso said Balogun was not authorised to make such an announcement and will stay suspended pending an administrative enquiry.

“The fifth pillar of the THEMES 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,”

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu’s 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.”

He therefore advised all stakeholders in the entertainment Industry to disregard the said publication.