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Sanwo-Olu suspends Censors Board boss over 5% digital platform levy

Ayodele Olalere

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has suspended the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun over imposition of 5% levy on Audio and Visual contents of all Physical and Digital Platforms in Lagos State.

The suspended Bamidele had announced a 5% levy on the entertainment industry but the state government through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, stated that the state government “dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media.”

” The Executive Secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry.

The fifth pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, the development policy of this administration, is entertainment and tourism. Practitioners are partners in our effort to ensure that Lagos State remains Africa’s leader in entertainment.

The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration is not insensitive to the fact that the industry has been badly hit by the effects of the COVID -19 pandemic and empathises with this and other sectors of the economy.

All stakeholders in the entertainment Industry are advised to disregard the said publication,” the statement stated.