Funke Busari, Lagos
All stakeholders in the entertainment industry in Lagos State have no cause for alarm over a purported 5% levy on Audio and Visual contents across Physical and Digital Platforms.
This is according to the Commissioner, Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso debunking an announcement by Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, that the government has placed a 5% levy on audio and visiual contents in the State.
With this latest information Government said it has not placed a 5% levy on Audio and Visual contents of all Physical and Digital Platforms in the State.
This was communicated in a statement signed by the Commissioner.
The Government hereby dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media.
“The statement added: 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.”