The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, has said that the Lagos State government is determined to assist the film industry to reduce the problem of piracy in the State. He said it was regrettable that Nigerian Artistes are not getting maximum benefits from their works.
Bamidele stated this on Monday while welcoming the Executives of the Yoruba Video Film Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (YOVIFPMAN) on a courtesy visit to LSFVCB office at Ikeja.
He said that the Lagos State government was determined to promote the entertainment industry and committed to fighting piracy in the State. He gave examples of instances where the Agency in concert with relevant authorities, had periodically operated in certain parts of the State where pirated movies were confiscated and destroyed.
Mr. Bamidele appealed to stakeholders to cooperate with the Agency in order to fight piracy in the State.
Mr. Olusola Awoleye, the President of YOVIFPMAN and leader of the visiting team, bemoaned the disturbing rate at which films are being pirated, emphasising that most of their members had become debtors and many frustrated out of the business.
According to him, “Spirited efforts had been made in the past to curtail piracy. The Association had held meetings with identified vendors of pirated movies with a resolution to supply films to them on credit provided they stop selling pirated movies but they reneged”.
He said on their part, they had made efforts. Such included partnership with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) not to accommodate sellers of pirated films at their parks. He however lamented that it had not yielded fruitful results.
While thanking the State Government for their support, he charged the Agency to stand up to its regulatory role so as to be able to curb the increasing and worrisome incidence of piracy in the State.