There are plans by the Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation to amend the portion of the law which gave approval for the establishment of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), a body charged with the duty of screening and censoring home video before it is made for public consumption in Nigeria.
The committee Chairman, Senator Suleiman Adokwe broke the news in his message titled ‘The Movie Industry: The case for Peace, Economic Development and Social Engineering’ which he delivered at the opening ceremony of an event put together by the Consumer Forum of the NFVCB held in Bauchi State.
Adokwe, who in his message said 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, hinted that the said amendment will further strengthen and reposition the board.
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. Even if it requires amending the act for it to be very effective, we shall do it for the film and video sector to strive. Our artistes are struggling because of piracy and other unlawful activities affecting their creativity, Adokwe said.
According to the chairman of Senate committee on Information and National Orientation, the movie industry was not just an economic venture, but a veritable instrument for peace building and national integration.
Senator Adokwe urged movie producers and stakeholders in the industry to tell the Nigerian story in a good light by promoting what bind Nigerians together adding that movie is a very crucial tool for social engineering, that can be used to cause war or promote peace.