Reps pass bill to repeal National Film and Video Censor Board Act
The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a Bill to repeal the National Film and Video Censor Board Act. The Bill sponsored by Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi (APC), seeks to create new and proactive regime in the classification of films, videos and works, as well as their sales, distribution and exhibition.
The National Film Video Censors Board is the regulatory body set up by Act No.85 of 1993 to regulate films and video industry in Nigeria. The Board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally. It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and videos outlet across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.
According to the lawmaker who represents Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere, Oyo state, there is a need to repeal the Act to help showcase our values, diverse culture and way of lives to other parts of the world. He said, “the enactment of the Law has become necessary due to the technological innovations in the entertainment and creative industry”.
He stated that the recent revolutions and various advancements, will help curb piracy, pornography, quackery and tax evasion that has plagued the industry. He added that the bill is inline with the plans of the Federal Government to diversify the economy, and guarantee investors return of their profits. He assured the House that once the Bill is passed into Law, it carries lots of potentials, with lots of investors waiting for the activation in the industry.