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The National Film and Video Censors Board has said there is a need to review the laws backing the board, as well as movie censorship fees.
The executive Secretary of the NFVCB, Adedayo Thomas stated this at a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos on Friday, September 2, 2022.
Thomas insisted that the NFVCB’s laws should be reviewed to further make the creative industry more professional, and position it to be self-regulated and devoid of government’s involvement.
He said, “We want to review our laws, which have not been tampered with (amended) for over 20 years.”
He added that a review was necessary, in the light of a recent notification from the Ghana Film Authority, stating that Nigerian filmmakers should always get permission before shooting movies in their country.
He said, “It has come to our notice that as an actor, movie producer, director, cinematographer, scriptwriter in the creative space, one (Nigerians) cannot shoot movies in Ghana without permission from the GFA.
“A letter was sent from Ghana to all embassies (in their country), as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who sent it to the Minister of Information, and who in-turn passed it to me. We need to work more on being self regulated.
“It has become necessary for every genuine operator in the creative industry to belong to a professional guild or association, just like we have been advocating for long.”