In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 05th, September, 2020

Governor Sanwo-Olu Suspends Director For Imposing 5% Levy On Netflix, Iroko TV, Others

Governor Sanwo-Olu Suspends Director For Imposing 5% Levy On Netflix, Iroko TV, Others

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The PUNCH studies that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has suspended the Government Secretary of the Lagos State Movie and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun, for imposing a 5 per cent tax on digital platforms together with Netflix and Iroko TV.

The Commissioner for Data and Technique, Gbenga Omotosho, mentioned this in a press release on Friday evening titled, ‘Lagos State Has No 5% Levy on Audio and Visible Contents of Bodily and Digital Platforms’

Omotosho, who’s the Spokesman for the state authorities, mentioned Balogun acted with out authorisation and was subsequently suspended.

The assertion learn partially, “There isn’t any levy on audio and visible contents of all bodily and digital platforms in Lagos State. The Government Secretary, Lagos State Movie and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, is claimed to have introduced a 5 per cent levy.

“The federal government hereby dissociates itself from the mentioned announcement within the media. The Government Secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry.”

He mentioned the Sanwo-Olu administration isn’t insensitive to the truth that the business has been badly hit by the results of the COVID-19 pandemic and empathises with this and different sectors of the economic system.

A Federal Excessive Court docket had barred the LSFVCB from levying movie and video producers.

Justice Chuka Obiozor of a Federal Excessive Court docket had in a judgment in June 2020 acknowledged that the LSFVCB couldn’t be accumulating taxes concurrently the Nationwide Movie and Video Censors Board because it amounted to double taxation.

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Regardless of the judgment, nevertheless, Balogun had written letters to a number of digital platforms together with Netflix and Iroko TV demanding 5 per cent.

A letter, which was addressed to the Managing Director of Iroko TV, Jason Njoku, acknowledged that the agency should pay 5 per cent on all visible and audio content material.

The letter dated August 31, 2020, learn partially, “We hereby request for fast cost of the 5 per cent levy on all audio and visible content material produced, bought, distributed, marketed, exhibited, streamed, downloaded and shared throughout all bodily and digital platform situate, mendacity and being inside Lagos State.”

When contacted on the phone, Balogun mentioned he couldn’t communicate on the matter.

The Government Secretary of the NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, had described the brand new levy of the state authorities as incorrect and inimical to the expansion of the sector.

“There may be an present court docket judgment on that matter. The transfer is incorrect and I shall be assembly with representatives of the state quickly to look into the problem,”
he mentioned.

The Audio Visible Rights Society of Nigeria had additionally lambasted the Lagos State Authorities for going forward with the levy regardless of a court docket judgment.

The President of the Performing Musicians Affiliation of Nigeria, Mr. Fairly Okafor, described the brand new levy by the state authorities as unlawful and depraved, including that it will be challenged once more in court docket.

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