The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Thursday in Jos, destroyed seized unclassified, uncensored and unwholesome works (movies) worth over N15 million.
The Executive Director of the board, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, supervised the destruction of the materials seized in the state over a period of time by the Jos Zonal Office of the board.
The exercise was the first carried out by the censors board this year.
According to him, the aim of the exercise is to rid the state and the country at large of unclassified and uncensored, pirated and pornographic materials.
Thomas said that the destruction would serve as deterrent to those who sold such materials, noting that the NFVCB had zero tolerance for such materials.
According to him, the board will not relent in its efforts in ensuring that the state and the nation is free from unwholesome materials.
He further said that the board sought to protect the young from unsuitable contents as well as preserve the country’s ethnic and religious harmony, by censoring and classifying video works, in line with morals and culture.
”Censorship would continue to play an important role in fostering a morally wholesome and socially cohesive society.
”It will also safeguard the core community values and moral integrity from the current influence of both Nigerian movies and the influx of foreign cultural imports,” he said.
According to the executive director, the board alone is not sufficient to maintain the moral tone of the society.
He pointed out that the movie industry, artistes and the community at large, had significant roles in shaping what the society considered to be the acceptable standards for media content.
Thomas appealed to parents to be mindful of what their children and wards viewed on screen and always strive to report any film they considered unwholesome and unclassified to the board.
He noted that the board, through the raiding of stalls, also helped in stemming the tide of intellectual piracy.
The executive director commended the Plateau Government for providing the enabling environment for the NFCVB to thrive in the state.