The Lagos State Government says it has not imposed any five per cent levy on Audio and Visual contents of all Physical and Digital Platforms in the state.
The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr Bamidele Balogun, is, however, said to have announced a 5 per cent levy.
A statement from the stated government had announced that it dissociated itself from such unauthorised 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.
“The fifth pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, the development policy of this Administration, is Entertainment and Tourism. Practitioners are partners in our effort to ensure that Lagos State remains Africa’s leader in entertainment.
“The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration is not insensitive to the fact that the industry has been badly hit by the effects of the COVID -19 pandemic and empathises with this and other sectors of the economy.
“All stakeholders in the Entertainment Industry are advised to disregard the said publication”, added, Commissioner, Information and Strategy, Lagos State, Mr Gbenga Omotosho.