President Buhari licenses 159 new radio and television stations – Nairametrics
President Muhammadu Buhari has granted operating licenses to 159 companies, communities and higher education institutions to operate radio and television stations.
It comes at a time when the federal government was calling on the press to self-regulate to help guard against the many incidents of fake news.
The disclosure is contained in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by the director general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Balarabe Ilelah, according to the Nigeria news agency.
What the CEO of NBC says
He said the newly approved broadcast licenses will be in addition to the already existing 625 functional broadcast stations.
Ilélah said, “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. ”
The NBC boss said the newly approved licenses were Federal Polytechnic Ilaro (Radio), Prospective Union of Reno People (Radio), Smile Community Radio Initiative and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Radio.
He added that the others were Dudu African Broadcasting Communications Ltd., Independent Television, Prince Media Network, Jamkat Integrity Investment Ltd., Hikima Media Services and Galaxy Television Radio.
The list also includes Hi Fidelity Communications, B360 Nigeria Ltd., Communication Faculties Ltd., Godfrey Okoye University Radio, Art Broadcasting Company, Hamdana Media, Sunshine Radio, Blue Print Newspapers Ltd., NV Broadcasting Company Ltd. And many others.
What you should know
Recall that in August 2019, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved far-reaching reforms in the broadcasting sector, including the licensing of online radio and television stations.