The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has suspended the Government Secretary of the Lagos State Movie and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun, for imposing 5% levy on all audio and visible content material streamed on all bodily and digital platforms round Lagos.
That is coming after a letter which was addressed to the Managing Director of Iroko TV, by the Lagos State Movie and Video Censors Board went viral stirring a number of reactions from Lagosians particularly these within the leisure business.
In line with the letter, the MD of Iroko TV was requested to make an “speedy fee of 5% levy on all audio and visible content material produced, offered, distributed, marketed, exhibited, streamed, downloaded and shared throughout all bodily and digital platform situate, mendacity and being throughout the state.”
Reacting, the Lagos State Commissioner for Data and Technique, Gbenga Omotosho in an announcement launched on Friday disclosed that the Government Secretary was not authorised to make such an announcement.
Omotosho said that the Sanwo-Olu’s administration was not insensitive to the truth that the artistic business has been badly hit by the results of the COVID -19 pandemic.
In line with the assertion, the Government Secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended.
“There isn’t a levy on audio and visible contents of all bodily and digital platforms in Lagos State.
“ The Government Secretary, Lagos State Movie and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, is alleged to have introduced a 5 per cent levy.
“The federal government hereby dissociates itself from the stated announcement within the media.
“The Government Secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry,” the assertion learn.