Nigeria’s minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed has approved the interim appointment of Olayemi Oyadiran as acting executive director/chief executive officer of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).
A statement signed by the board’s spokesperson Dayo Pelumi on Wednesday and made available to Qed.ng said the appointment is in line with public service rules and extant circulars following the expiration of the tenure of Adedayo Thomas as substantive CEO in March.
“The Director of Operations, Mr Ferdinand Abua, who has been overseeing the Office of the Executive Director/CEO while Mrs Oyadiran was away on approved study leave, officially transferred the baton of authority to her at an emergency management meeting, comprising Directors and Heads of Departments and Units, held today at the conference room, Board’s headquarters.
“She holds a M.A in African Languages & Literature and has garnered experiences that transverses the public and private sectors, spanning over 29 years. She is a pioneer staff of the National Film and Video Censors Board, and was the head of NFVCB Ibadan Preview Centre from 2003 to 2017. She was also Director of Film Censorship and Classification, at a time, while holding various positions with key management decisions and exerting significant impact on the Board’s recorded successes so far. Until the latest announcement, she was the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, DPRS of the Board.
“Mrs Oyadiran has been directed to oversee and perform the functions of the office of the Executive Director/CEO of the Board pending the appointment of a substantive Executive Director/CEO by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement from NFVCB reads.
Thomas was appointed to head the censors board in 2017 alongside Segun Runsewe, Tar Ukoh, Folorunsho Coker and Chidia Maduekwe of the National Council of Arts and Culture (NAC), National Troupe of Nigeria, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), , and Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) respectively.
Maduekwe was reappointed for another four-year term in February 2021, leaving the other four in limbo until they were told to hand over to the most senior director in their agencies at the expiration of their term on March 31, 2021.