Lagos State Govt Denies Imposing 5% Levy On Audio/Visual Contents, Suspends Official

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There is no levy on Audio and Visual contents of all Physical and Digital Platforms in Lagos State, the state government has said.

The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun, had signed a letter which was seen by VANTAGE NEWS, announcing a 5% levy.

The letter attracted a lot of backlash from Nigerians on social media, accusing the Lagos State Government of stifling businesses in the state with multiple taxation.

However, the state government has washed its hands off such proposed move, saying that it was unauthorised.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday night by the Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry.

The statement reads in part, “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.

“The fifth pillar of the THEMES 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 @jidesanwoolu Administration is not insensitive to the fact that the Industry has been badly hit by the effects of the COVID19 pandemic and empathizes with this and other sectors of the economy.

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

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