The Lagos State Government has suspended the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun, for imposing 5 percent taxes on digital platforms – Netflix, IrokoTV, among others.
In a statement issued on Friday night titled, ‘Lagos State Has No 5% Levy on Audio and Visual Contents of Physical and Digital Platforms’, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, said Balogun acted without authorisation.
The statement read in part, “There is no levy on audio and visual contents of all physical and digital platforms in Lagos State. The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, is said to have announced a five per cent levy.
“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.”