The National Film and Video Censors Board has seized no less than 6,000 allegedly lascivious movies in Jos North and South Local Government area major markets in Plateau.
Mr. Paul Ailewon, the Zonal Coordinator of the board in the North Central, on Thursday told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that the operation would be a continuous exercise.
According to Paul, the operation was a part of the directives given to the Board under his leadership, to make sure that only approved videos by the Board were released to the public.
He said, “The film board is expected to approve only those videos that will teach moral values, especially, among children.
“We have seized more than 6,000 pornographic movies at Terminus Market in Jos North and Bukuru Market in Jos South Local Government Areas, this year.
“This is to ensure that the public is fed with only videos approved by the board as it has guidelines that should be strictly adhered to by film producers and marketers.
“We are in partnership with traditional and religious leaders, because they command high respect in the society to achieve this task.
“We see them as partners that will be able to inculcate in their followers, the ills of exposing their children to movies and videos that have strong language, violence and obscene scenes.“
Media literacy campaigns, according to the zonal coordinator, had taken effect in 20 schools across five local government areas of the state, in collaboration with members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The council areas he listed included, Jos North, Jos South, Bassa, Bokkos, and Barkin Ladi.
“The campaign was to educate school age children on film classification, incorporate them as our ambassadors in sending messages to the public and teach them how to be safe online,“ he said.
in February 2016, NFVCB, North Central Zone, instated members of the NYSC as media ambassadors for its campaign at the community levels in Plateau.
The collaboration was the first in Nigeria, because of the excitement and passion expressed by the corps members after the various outreach to their camps.
In March the North Central Zone also hosted an international conference on film classification in Jos.
The theme of the conference was, ” Leveraging on Institutional Collaboration/Models For Improved Standards and Social Inclusion in an Open Society.’’