FG approves 159 new radio and television stations


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the operation of radio and television stations by 159 businesses, communities and higher education institutions.

Malam Balarabe Ilelah, the director general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), made the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja.

“Following the approval granted by the president, NBC published the list of 159 licenses granted to companies, communities and higher education establishments.

“The commission was created by the NBC Act, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation 2004, with the mandate to regulate and control broadcasting in Nigeria.

“Today there are a total of 625 functional broadcasting stations in Nigeria,” Ilelah said.

The Federal Polytechnic of Ilaro (Radio), the Prospective People’s Union of Reno (Radio), the Smile Community Radio Initiative and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) radio were among the news licenses approved, according to the boss of NBC.

He said the others are: Dudu African Broadcasting Communications Limited, Independent Television, Prince Media Network, Jamkat Integrity Investment Limited, Hikima Media Services and Galaxy Television Radio.

The head of NBC also listed other licenses such as Hi Fidelity Communications, B360 Nigeria Limited, Communication Faculties Limited, Godfrey Okoye University Radio, Art Broadcasting Company, Hamdana Media, Sunshine Radio, Blue Print Newspapers Limited, NV Broadcasting Company Limited, among others.

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