By Benjamin Njoku
The days of unwholesome practices in the movie industry particularly in Lagos, may soon be over. This is following the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, recently signed by the film regulatory body, NFVCB and its authorities in Lagos geared towards restoring sanity in the industry.
By signing the MOU, the censors Board and the Lagos State film and Video Censors Board will henceforth effectively monitor and enforce movie classification and licensing. The MOU also involves sharing information and data to aid full compliance by all cadres of industry practitioners. At the signing ceremony in Lagos, Director-General of the NFVCB, Ms. Patricia Bala who led a team from the Board, described the move as a sure-footed resolve to forge a firm and integrated design to attain the goal of well structured movie industry with a win-win value-chain for all stake-holders.
Bala hoped that with the painstaking and meticulous effort put into the arrangement, all industry operators should support and key into it by ensuring that only approved movies are released to the market in addition to respecting the established rules guiding the industry. The NFVCB boss lamented the damaging effects of unwholesome practices and also called on operators to act within the ambit of the law adding that enforcement becomes necessary only in a situation of non-compliance.
While urging industry stake-holders to be more broad-minded rather than pursuing narrow interests that affect the growth and development of the industry, she re-iterated the commitment of the agency to be fair and just in the discharge of its mandate.
Executive Director, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun expressed delight at the signing of the MoU, noting that it is a courageous decision to eliminate frictions and ensure harmony of purpose towards proper regulation and sanitization of the film industry in Lagos state.
Bamidele explained that the initiative became necessary in response to persistent demand by stakeholders for a comprehensive approach to implementing the common mandate of movie regulatory agencies at federal and state levels.