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Stakeholders, Govt Law Enforcement Agencies Meet On Workshop On Tackling Piracy



As government under it’s agency, Nigeria Film and Video Censor’s Board NFVCB is resolved to tighten it’s grips on combating piracy, a workshop was held in Lagos recently and it brought all the law enforcement agencies together with stakeholders in the film industry.

The workshop organised by the Censor’s board which is saddled with the responsibility of licensing movies produced in Nigeria and those imported into Nigeria and also to Classify the movies, was held at Elomaz Hotel in Ikeja and had in attendance officers from Immigration, Customs, Civil Defence, DSS, NDLEA as well as members from Nigeria Police Force.

Speaking on the essence of the  workshop, the Censor’s Board, Executive Director, Adedayo Thomas said the NFVCB brought all its Zonal Directors to this three-day workshop to brainstorm on how to achieve its aims in 2019 and consolidate on the achievement of 2018. “This workshop  on enforcement  and new modalities for the first time brought all the law enforcement agencies in one place so as to look at how we can succeed together. Our officers have been stretched and so are the police officers who assist us, so we decided to collaborate with the DSS, Immigration, Customs, NDLEA and others in nipping activities of pirates in the bud.

“Last year, we made series of arrest in cities of Kano, Lagos, Alaba markets, Ibadan and South-Eastern cities and now we are consolidating on this by bringing everyone who matters in the film industry including Guild heads, marketers and content providers as it is no longer business as usual for pirates. We had breakout sessions to look at distribution frameworks, reviewing policies on purnishment on defaulters of piracy laws and others. So we started early this year and we all this recommendations will be passed as doccument to the Honourable Minister of Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for implementation process as he’s part of these deliberations,” he stated.

Tunde Kelani, Chairman of Board od Trustees BOT of Censor’s Board in his speech noted that this is the best of times for the film industry in Nigeria as forums and stakeholders meetings like this will continue to hold so as to move with one purpose, the movie Industry forward. “Nigerian Culture is deep and diverse and and it is still an untapped Industry. This forum affords us opportunities to innovate and do it better. We must discuss , we must interact, we must come together, we must learn in respect of growing technologies in our Industry. To be a player, you have to continue to ahead of others so that you can be abreast of the facts,” added Kelani popularly referred  to as Uncle TK.

Dr Tunji Azziz, Associate Professor of Lagos State University commended the effort of the Adedayo Thomas-led Censor’s Board stating that this workshop would afford stakeholders to brainstorm on the way forward as they iron out challenges that impede film makers from making return on investments ROI in movie Industry.

Some of the Stakehders that were at the three-day workshop include Ralph Nwadike, president of Association of Movie Producers, Fred Amata, president of Directors Guild of Nigeria, Adebayo Salami, Chairman of Board of Trustees of TAMPAN and scores of others.