By Idris Olukoya
Nigerian Film Industry (Nollywood), has applauded the effort of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) for sanitising the industry against piracy.
Mr Tunji Ojetola, Vice President, Yoruba Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association, gave the commendation in a news briefing, held in Lagos, on Sunday.
He said that the commendation became necessary to encourage the board to do more in eradicating pirates completely out of the society.
“Piracy is the only obstacle and hindrance that affects the development of the film industry. Pirates want to reap where they did not sow, I am happy the censor board is very proactive in addressing this unwanted menace in the sector. I also commended the effort of Director General of the board, Mr Adedayo Thomas, for his unrelenting efforts in fighting against piracy in the society. Thomas has been doing wonderfully well. We appreciated him for his doggedness,” he said.
Also, Mr Gab Okoye, Film Marketer and Distributor, said that the board has on timely basis organised stakeholders forum to engage individuals, groups and movie producers for the betterment of the industry.
Mr Emeka Aduah, President, Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association, appealed to the staff of the board to collectively work with the DG so as to move the industry forward.
“The staff has so far been cooperating but needed to do more for the industry to thrive,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Ralph Nwadike, President, Association of Movie Producers, said that the board supports the industry in all aspects of its operations.
“The Censors Board supports industry festivals and awards, sponsor and involve itself in raids against uncensored and unclassified movies. The board also sponsor stakeholders to international film festivals and brought government closer to practitioners,” he said