Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to a recent outcry by Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham on the incessant harassment filmmakers encounter while filming.
Sanwo-Olu revealed in an interview with Channels TV, that filmmakers should consider looking into getting state permits for filming in areas of Lagos to avoid harassment by ‘Area Boys’. He also suggested that they could seek proper permission from private property owners.
On the issue of getting permits for filming, he said:
“When you begin to talk very specific about ‘Omo onile’, what are the rules of engagement? So you want to go to a place, did you ask if there is a permit that you need to have? Do you know if it is a private property that you are into?”
“If you are going to film somewhere, there are rules that will guide. Maybe just a little permit or you just need to tell the owner of the property that these are the things you are doing. I think that way, you will have easier access to be able to do your thing easily.
“But part of the problem we have in Lagos is that everyone thinks that everything is open to everyone. Nobody has a monopoly of anything”.
Watch the full interview: