Nigeria: FRSC Partners NFVCB on Safety Standards
Pursuant to its renewed resolve to ensure safety standards among Nollywood Actors and Actresses, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has initiated a partnership with the National Film and Video Censors Board to educate operators in the Film industry on safety consciousness.
Making the disclosure during a courtesy visit on the management of the National Film and Video Censors Board, the Corps Legal Adviser, Assistant Corps Marshal, Chidi Nwachukwu, who represented the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, stated that the emerging trend in Nollywood home video productions where some actors and actresses do not conform with stipulated safety standards has underscored the need to adopt multi-sectoral and Inter-Agency strategies to check this unpleasant development in view of the potency of home video on the psychology of an average Nigerian.
Speaking further, Nwachukwu observed that Nollywood stars have been noted for flagrant violation of traffic rules and regulations such as making and receiving phone calls while driving which is contrary to regulation 80(7) of the National Road Traffic.
Regulation which states that "No Driver of a Vehicle shall, whilst the vehicle is on motion, receive or make telephone calls in any form" He further frowned at the non-use of seat belt by film stars as having tremendous negative impact on the safety content of Nigeria films, thus falling short of accepted international standards.
The FRSC Corps legal adviser also solicited the support of the Film and Video Censors Board in exploring other frontiers through which home video can serve an effective vehicle towards attitudinal change among the Nigerian motoring public.
Responding, the Director General, National Film and Video Censors Board, Emeka Mba, commended the FRSC management for its initiative as lead agency in road safety administration to curb the trend of the road vices among home video stars, through advocacy and suggested for intensive awareness campaigns as part of measures to ensure compliance with safety standards.
Mba further stressed the need for an interactive forum to be initiated between the FRSC, Nigeria Guild of film Editors and film makers to work out sustainable modalities towards improving the safety content of Nigerian films. He added that the Board has plans to incorporate the use of seat belts and non-use of mobile phones by film stars as part of its regulations to further inject order and control in Nigerian film content.
Leadership (Abuja) 23 July 2008