The Director General, National Film and Video Censor Board, Adedayo Thomas has described the continue neglect of social media contents as a deliberate attempt to set the nation of fire, and called for a concerted effort to cushion the effect on the society.
The Director General who decried the rate at which social media contents posed thread to National Development, said it is sucidal to neglect the sector and what goes on therein.
Adedayo Thomas was speaking yesywrday at a 3-day workshop organised by the board in collaboration with the Institute of Strategic and Development Communication, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
The Director General who was represented by a director in the board, Joseph Ejike, cautioned youths to be mindful of the contents they post in order not to cause havoc in the country.
According to him, the era we are in, considering the impact of the social media, it is neglect the what goes on in the social media, because it can set the nation on fire and it can as well biluold the nation.
“Social media in particular has caused a lot of havoc in the country by creating disaffection among the people and on our leaders”.
He said, the workshop was only apt, but would go a long way to mitigate the consequences in the Nigeria society, if only youths in particular adopt the positive aspect of the social media.
He was hopeful that, with the caliber of participants at the workshop, it would reorient the mental gaculty of the youths and guide them to the right path.
He commended the institute for the feat attained said, within the period of two years, the institute has provided road map for other tertiary institutions, government agencies and as well as mentoring others in the country.
The Vice Chancellor of Nasaraea State University, Keffi, Professor Suleiman Bala-Mohammed who corroborated his views with the Adedayo Thomas said, any Nation that neglects the kind of images it youths are exposed to will harvest regrettable consequences.
The Vice Chancellor mentioned violence, hooligansm and innumerable security challenges as possible factors that could emanate as result of unholy contents youths are exposed to.
He however commended the role National Film and Video Censor Board was doing in checkmating what the people, especially youth are exposed to.
Bala-Mohammed revealed that the university, through the institution was stepping up a strategy plan to establish the Nasarawa Film Village to further show case the amazing scenic features and talents that world film industries crave for.
The Executive Director of Institute of Strategic and Development Communication, Professor Emmanuel Dandaura said the partnership with the board was strategic and important to correct the ills in the Hollywood.
He hope that the workshop was going to help in changing the narratives of Nigeria culture and as well, to give good impression about the reputation of the people to the international community.
He was also confidence that the workshop would help in the area of exchanging information on the kind of cultural values producers are to reflect in their films.
Professor Dandaura said, the both board and the institute are only supporting the effort of the government towards improving the image and the climate to woo investors to Nigeria.
“What we are doing is to come up with ideas to help tell our story in supporting our national aspiration and development,” he added.
The National workshop on media Literacy, capacity building on Film Classification, censorship and Youth Development, brought participants from all the pulbic and private tertiary institutions in the state, including the University of Abuja, with the theme: The Essence of Film Classification, Editing and Content Development for Youth.
The workshop also featured some reknown Nollywood Stars: Obi Okoli, Aisha Mohammed, Paul Sambo among others who were handy to share and discuss their experiences in the film industry to the participants.