NFVCBNigerian Film and Video Censors Board (Nigeria)
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The Executive Director of NFVCB, Adedayo Thomas, who signed on behalf of Nollywood, noted that the agreement will also see France giving technical support in tackling some of the issues affecting the growth of the Nigerian movie industry.
Thomas disclosed this while delivering a speech at a conference on Film and Video Distribution and Regulation in Emerging New Markets organised by NFVCB in Abuja.
'The NFVCB is in the process of acquiring film/video authentication labels which are meant to distinguish film and video work that is classified by the board from the ones that are not classified and approved.
'When a film is classified and approved, the owner or distributor will apply for the authentication label for the number of copies to be replicated as ascertained by the NFVCB.
Thomas explained that NFVCB, in its effort to serving the fast-growing Nigerian film and video industry better, has drastically reduced the period it takes to censor and classify a film.
'This is a timely intervention by the NFVCB as it will bridge the gap between what our students learn in school and the practical realities of what they need to succeed in life.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adokwe stated this on Tuesday while delivering his goodwill message at the opening of the Consumer Forum of the NFVCB holding in Bauchi State.
According to Adokwe, the NFVCB is a critical agency of government that should be strengthened for it to effectively handle modern realities and challenges in the evolving Nigerian motion picture industry.
'The Senate will give all necessary backing and strengthen the act establishing the NFVCB for it to be more effective in delivering on its mandate.
Speaking at a two-day capacity building for the officials of Agency taking place in Abuja Hon Bamidele, who was the Chairman of the National Assembly Budget and Research Office ( NABRO) also canvassed for a closer working relationship between the National Films and Videos Censors Board ( NFVCB) and law enforcement agencies in the country.
He said because the NFVCB Act was conceived as a legislation meant to protect the overriding public interest, its strength should be upheld and the weaknesses exposed and corrected.
'It is quite ridiculous that the penalties for these grievous and very damaging offences do not commensurate with the magnitude of havoc meted out on the innocent citizens which the NFVCB Act was meant to, protect in the first place,'