NFVCB destroys unapproved films, video worth N100m

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By Deborah Coker

Benin – The Film and Censors Board (NFVCB) has in Benin, Edo, destroyed illicit, unwholesome, unapproved films and videos worth than N100 million.

The Executive Director of the board, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas before the destruction, said the action was necessary to effectively sensitise the film market for security of investments and protection of the nation’s moral value.

Thomas said it was also for the sustenance of peace, security and harmony.

He said that one of the facilitators of the Economic and Growth Plan (ERGP) of Buhari administration was the continuous improvement respect for and enforcement of intellectual property in the film industry.

He said that this was through the discouraging of distribution of unapproved, unclassified, and unwholesome films and tackling other illicit activities in the film market.

Thomas said that to achieve the desired result, the board went into collaborations with stakeholders across board, especially security agencies.

“Our collaborations across board have led to massive confiscation of pornographic films and other unwholesome works by our Lagos zonal office. And that is why we are here today to carry out the symbolic burning of the confiscated items worth over N100 million.

“We have done in Abuja, been to Kaduna, and was at Kano yesterday, while southeast and south states will follow.

“We are strongly determined to stamp out the distribution of these items to safeguard our future as a nation.

“The board is in the process of taking this to the next levels in the year 2020 for continued capacity building and operational trainings to tackle the issues of piracy and distribution of unwholesome films, musical and works.

“The Federal Government, led by Buhari GCFR, has been promoting avenues to continually diversify the nation’s economic base to increase the resilience of the balance, promote economic sustainability and pursue the strategic objectives of job creation, youths empowerment, improved human capital, improving business environment and promoting digital-led growth.

“The film and video censors board’s strategic approach to improving industry growth and accruals, and combating counterfeiting and unapproved movies through approvals and support for cinemas have led to huge economic impact and increase in .

“Recent Box Office earnings indicate that Nigerians spent about N7 billion tickets at the cinemas in the year 2019, a 200 per cent increase about N2 billion spent in the year 2018, grossing than 1billion naira in December 2019 alone.

“These figures are exclusive of earnings ancillary businesses along the cinema industry value chain, VCDs and DVDs, online streaming, videos demand and Over-the-Top platforms, Pay TV channels, community cinemas, and other distribution channels,” Thomas said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Eniye Asomba, the Head of the Benin centre said the centre was than committed to actualising the mandate of the board on the state.