EXCLUSIVE: Censors board, film corporation bosses face December sack

Lai Mohammed

Heads of some agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture may be sacked by December, Qed.ng has learned.

High on the list of those likely to be affected are the Director–General of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Patricia Bala, and Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Danjuma Dadu.

A source within the ministry informed this online newspaper that Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, is already making a case for some industry stakeholders to be appointed as replacement.

Some members of the ministerial committee inaugurated by Mohammed to review the Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON) Bill are said to be top on the list of nominees to take over the agencies.

It is not yet clear if the two agencies will be merged as recommended by the Steve Oronsaye Committee report on restructuring and rationalisation of federal agencies, parastatals and commissions before new appointments are made.

President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the heads of six agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, February 15.

Those affected were Sola Omole, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA); Ladan Salihu, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN); Sam Worlu, Voice of Nigeria (VON); Ima Niboro, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN); Emeka Mba, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), and Mike Omeri, National Orientation Agency (NOA).

They were replaced by Ishaq Modibo Kawu, NBC; Mansur Liman, FRCN; Yakubu Mohammed, NTA; Garba Abari, NOA; Bayo Onanuga, NAN, and Osita Okechukwu, VON, on May 25.