Nigeria: Authorities To Make Filmmaking Easier In Lagos State With New "Permit Arrangements"
Following the continued outcry from local filmmakers and industry professional on the state of affairs when it comes to on-location shooting in Lagos state in Nigeria, the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said he would look to put in place a more regulated 'permit' system and arrangement that should help resolve the problem.
According to one filmmaker in Lagos, she has faced continuous and constant from so-called 'area-boys' and other street urchins while attempting to film at different locations in the state. "It is practically impossible to do any work in this space".
Speaking to press in the city of Lagos (which, arguably is Africa's most vibrant city) the government said he regrets that filmmakers were frequently subjected to all forms of harassments and extortions when they come to the city to shoot. He then mentioned the need to institute a rules-based permit system, saying that: "If you are going to film somewhere, there are rules that will guide you. Maybe you might need just a little permit, making it easier to be able to do your thing".
The state governor said he would also hope that filmmakers will seek, and obtain the appropriate permissions before shooting on people's properties and facilities. He says this is because "part of the problem we have in Lagos is that everyone thinks that everything is open to everyone. Nobody has a monopoly of anything.