NFVCB , EFCC to checkmate ‘glamourisation’ of crime in films, videos

“Several skits are flying around with an untrue portrayal of the EFCC and its officers, with this collaboration we hope that will be checked.

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NFVCB , EFCC, to checkmate ‘glamourisation’ of crime in films, videos
NFVCB’s Executive Director/CEO, Shaibu Husseini, visited the Executive Chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede on Thursday in Abuja.

The  National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB)  and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says they are collaborating on checkmating the glamourisation of crimes in Nigerian films and other video works.

BRANDPOWER reports that both organisations agreed on the collaboration  when NFVCB’s  Executive Director/CEO,  Shaibu Husseini,  visited  the Executive Chairman of  EFCC, Ola Olukoyede on Thursday in Abuja.

Husseini, who was accompanied by his management team, said the visit was to intimate the EFCC boss on operations of the board and plans to work together with the commission.

He expressed concerns over the  glamourisation  of crimes and other ‘get rich quick’ tendencies in movies, as well as  skits  on the internet, adding that the board was ready to nip ugly  trend.

Husseini also noted the misrepresentation of the EFCC and his operations in most films and video works and emphasised the need for public enlightenment campaigns .

“ I have just assumed office as the CEO of the NFVCB and I have decided to visit the EFCC as a critical stakeholder in our collective efforts towards building a better society.

“We are trying as a board  to discourage the glamourisation of crimes in our movies, including  scenes that  make young people jump into schemes that are criminal in real life.

“In doing this, we are starting from script writers, then the producers because the producers are the ones who supervise the contents.

“The board will start with the production of Public Service Announcement (PSA) with the EFCC as part of our media literacy for Nigerians.

“Then we will engage the filmmakers and then the skit makers, and that include seminars and conferences we shall be having with them on the implications of their works on  society,” he said.

In his remarks, Olukoyede commended the NFVCB in its efforts to rid the Nigerian media space of unwholesome video contents, adding that such contents wrongly shape public perceptions and behavior

He highlighted the importance of collaboration between the two agencies  and  pledged full support and involvement of the commission.

“Several skits are flying around with an untrue portrayal of the EFCC and its officers, with this collaboration we hope that will be checked.

“We believe we have the right partner with you as films and videos are meant to promote good moral standards. ,” he said.