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NASS to Amend Act Establishing Film Censors Board



Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, Chairman Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation, says the National Assembly will soon amend the act establishing the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).

Adokwe stated this on Tuesday while delivering his goodwill message at the opening of the Consumer Forum of the NFVCB holding in Bauchi State.

He said that the amendment will further strengthen and reposition the board.

The forum with the theme: “The Movie Industry: The case for Peace, Economic Development and Social Engineering”, is holding at the Yankari Games Reserve from Jan. 29 to Feb 1.

According to Adokwe, the NFVCB is a critical agency of government that should be strengthend for it to effectively handle modern realities and challenges in the evolving Nigerian motion picture industry.

“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,” he said.

Adokwe noted that the movie industry was not just an economic venture, but a veritable instrument for peace building and national integration.

He, therefore, urged producers and relevant stakeholders to tell the Nigerian story in good light by promoting what bind Nigerians together.

“The movie is a very crucial tool for social engineering, as it can be used to cause war or promote peace.

However, our movie stakeholders are being called on upon to promote peace and stop war, they should not watch our country fall apart,” he urged.

The Executive Director of the NFVCB, Mr Adedayo Thomas, said that the forum was for stakeholders to brainstorm and chart a common front for the industry in the North-East.

“The Consumer Forum is a flagship program of the board, aimed at sensitising the local population, especially the young and unemployed, entrepreneurs, financiers and government of the enormous potentials available in the film industry.

“This is also a platform to educate participants on how to take advantages of these opportunities for empowerment and building a strong economy and better society.

“We are here to chart a framework that will create a basis for the film and video industry as a tool for economic growth and sustainable peace in the North-East.” he said.

He noted that youths and trained artisans from the region would be exposed to, hitherto, dormant areas of the film industry, get employed and leverage on opportunities.

The representative of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), and other industry players, especially from the North were present at the event. Investors, members of the academia, students and other young talents in film and theatre were also present at the forum.

The NFVCB is a Federal Government body that regulates the films and video industry in Nigeria.

The Board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally.

It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and videos outlet across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

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DStv Emerges Preferred Pay TV Option for Nigerians



MultiChoice Nigeria’s DStv and GOtv platforms have emerged as Nigerians’ preferred Pay TV service providers for home entertainment during the festive season of November and December 2019, into January 2020.

DStv Emerges Preferred Pay TV Option for Nigerians

This was revealed in a newly published independent report which surveyed hundreds of Nigerians from various walks of life in 27 states across the country.

According to the report published by Nigerian Entertainment Today (theNETng), 52% of respondents say that watching some form of TV at home is their preferred festive season activity, while over 48% of Cable TV customers say that DStv is their preferred service provider throughout the festive period, including during the Christmas and New Year holidays. 33% chose GOtv as their primary source of TV content.

The survey which had over 80% of its respondents under the age of 35 also suggests that watching TV was the overwhelmingly most popular activity amongst young people during the festive season. Only about 30% of respondents say they spend most of the festive season going out to visit family and friends or to party.

The report also provides some insight into the most popular programming types among young pay TV subscribers in Nigeria. 47% of respondents say they watch mostly foreign movies on their pay TV services, while 12% watch mostly Nigerian movies on channels such as Africa Magic. 16% of respondents watch mostly football and sports, while 11% spend most of their time watching music shows during the holiday season.

While highlighting the consumption behaviour of content consumers in the country during the end of year festive season, this report has further reconfirmed the acceptance of DStv and GOtv amongst Nigerians. With the recent launch of new DStv packages; DStv Confam and DStv Yanga which are specially customised for Nigerians, MultiChoice aims to unlock a new level of entertainment and value for customers, giving them improved choices and a brand new, more-value-for-money experience.


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APC Drags Adamawa Media Houses before NBC



Adamawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), accusing some media houses in the state of not giving it right of reply.

   APC Drags Adamawa Media Houses before NBC

The APC brought the development to the notice of newsmen in the state capital, Yola, yesterday via a letter in which it stated, “After observing with grave concern in the past few months the inability of some media houses in the state to accord us the right to reply, we wrote to the National Broadcasting Commission seeking clarification.”

The APC did not mention names in its communication with newsmen, but its grouse would most likely rest against the media houses owned by the state government.

The petition by the APC brought to mind how incumbent governor, Umaru Fintiri, had complained shortly after he became governor-elect last year, how public media houses were servicing the interests of the government of that time as if the media houses were not run with tax payers’ money.

The letter from the APC, signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon Mohammed Abdullahi, was attached with a reply from the NBC in which the commission advised the party to take steps for redress.

The NBC made clarifications in its response letter from Musa Birniwa, Zonal Office in Maiduguri, signed by the Zonal Director, stating how broadcast media houses are required to give right of reply to complainants on false accusations.

It urged the APC to consider applying the appropriate measure to get right of reply.

Adamawa State is home to a number of media houses, including those owned by the state government, namely Adamawa State Television (ATV), Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC, a radio house), Adamawa Publishing Ltd, publishers of Scope weekly newspaper.


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Multichoice’ Back to School Season with DStv Thanks is Here Again



It’s January, the holidays are over, and children are back to school. That comes with a whole lot of expenses. Buying almost a whole new wardrobe; School shoes, bags, socks and the rest.

MultiChoice with DStv Thanks has a back to school reward package with discounts on every purchase made from School Kits; a professional school supply and outfitting company and Nigeria’s pioneer one-stop shop for all school requirements.

With DStv Thanks, you get to enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase made from School Kits. Without stress, children can be fitted for school with products ranging from school wears, dress accessories, stationery, books, footwear, bags, boarding house requirements, sportswear, costumes, extra-curricular activities’ wear & accessories and ballet gear amongst others.

Everyone can then enjoy a slice of pizza after a hectic day at school with Domino’s Pizza giving out 15% discount off selected pizza pies.

With Addide’s 10% discount, stocking up on the children’s favorite things for school is made easier.

Lunch is not a problem with a discount of 5% on any purchase from The Place. So the kids can enjoy their favourite meals.

Get more value for less this season with the DStv Thanks. Simply pay your DStv subscription on time and enjoy all the benefits. Eligible customers can check and access their rewards by logging on to using their last name or mobile number to access their voucher codes.



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