The Lagos State House of Assembly has decided to amend the law on cinematography in the state, to regulate the content of the onscreen movies and video production in the state.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who chaired the plenary session on Thursday, urged the House Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture to provide the Ministries of Justice, Tourism, Art and Culture and other relevant authorities the necessary amendment that will include fees and penalties for the cinematography law, Chapter C8. Vol 3, Laws of Lagos State 2015 and other sections to reflect moral standards and provide more severe penalties for the faulting producers of films and videos considered obscene, regardless of whether or not they have an age mark.
The main promoter of the motion, the Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade indicated that everything that comes from the television screen must be properly monitored.
He reproved the agitation of profanity, vulgar language, scenes of violence and said that such actions invalidate the African tradition, which in his opinion seems to be the order of the day.
He believes that such content has harmful effects on people’s culture and tradition.
The Honorable Yinka Ogundimu stated that while most films are educational, young people are becoming wayward and most homes are being destroyed due to the obscene and immoral things shown on the television screen.
He declared that anyone who fails to comply should be punished if the law is finally approved.
Hon. Kehinde Joseph emphasised the need for good, high-quality movies that teach morality, adding that films such as these should return to the big screen as they were in the old days.