NFVCB: Veteran Cinematographer, Mr. Tunde Kelani and President of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Mr. Fred Amata among others have attended a three-day workshop organised by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), which was aimed at sanitising the film industry of unclassified film and video works.
The three-day workshop had about 156 participants made up of security agencies like; the Nigeria Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Immigrations Service (NIS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Nollywood Guilds and Associations, and some staff of the NFVCB.
Also, other Nollywood stars who graced the workshop include; President of Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Mr. Ralph Nwadike; Lagos Chairperson of Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria, Mrs. Joy Adeyemi, ace actor Adebayo Salami popularly known as Oga Bello, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey; comic actor Adewale Adeoye also known as Elesho, filmmaker Niji Akanni, film marketer Tunji Ojetola and theatre art educator Tunji Azeez; among others.
Executive Director of NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas who was the chief host said that compliance on the agency’s mandate became necessary, as the NFVCB’s Act and classification decisions of the Board are often breached by some stakeholders.
According to him, there is need for the NFVCB to step up its game in order to combat the menace and rid the market of anything unwholesome and unclassified as well as ensure that its various licensees play by the rules.
“It was the desire for compliance that made me, shortly after assumption of office last year, to personally lead enforcement team into the notorious Alaba market where we made a lot of seizures of unclassified and unapproved movies.”
Adedayo reiterated that the workshop is expected to build the capacity of the staff on issues of compliance and enforcement; produce a manual on issues of monitoring, enforcement and compliance issues; sharpen the skills and competence of the enforcement officers; expose the attendees to new trends and global best practices for compliance and enforcement matters; and have a working document to interface with the stakeholders in the industry with a view to letting them know that it is no longer business as usual.
Also speaking, DCP Ayodeji Ogundele who represented the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Gimba Mogaji stated that the workshop was designed to bring all major stakeholders in the film, video and musical works together, interact with each other, exchange ideas and bring on board the solutions to major challenges the industry is facing now and to envisage likely future occurrences.
“NFVCB has been in collaboration with the Nigeria Police and has made good efforts which have resulted in huge number of arrests of criminals in the industry, especially in 2017 and 2018,” Ogundele stated.