Lagos Govt denies 5% media tax, suspends film board secretary

Lagos Govt denies 5% media tax, suspends film board secretary

The Lagos State Government on Friday, September 4, refuted ‘fake’ reports of the imposition of a five percent levy on audio and visual contents of physical and likewise digital platforms.

Towards this regard, the Lagos Government, hence, announced the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun.

This has also come in the wake of the widespread circulation on social media of a letter from the board; posted by IROKO TV’s Jason Njoku.

According to the contents of the letter, the payment of five percent levy “on all audio and visual content on all physical and digital platforms” was mandated.

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The letter, signed by Balogun, was dated August 31.

However, in a series of tweets, the Spokesman to the Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile, stated that the levy was not approved by the state government.

“There is no levy on Audio and Visual contents of all Physical and Digital Platforms in Lagos State,” Gboyega said.

“The Government hereby 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.”

Akosile noted that the administration was not insensitive to the fact that the entertainment and tourism industry had been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and would not seek to inflict more pain with taxes.

“All stakeholders in the Entertainment Industry are advised to disregard the said publication,” Akosile said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami, on Friday, September 4, urged Nigerians to avoid division; while embracing peace ahead of the country’s Diamond Jubilee on October 1.

This stance by Pantami was contained in a statement; issued by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in Abuja.

According to the Minister, the upcoming celebrations will showcase the diversity as well as resilience of Nigerians; across the country and world.

On October 1, Nigeria will be celebrating its diamond jubilee as it turns 60. It is a day that reminds every citizen about the dawn of the country we call our nation. Nigerians have gone far and wide; impacting their communities and the world, at large.”

 

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