NBC DG Urges Newly Licensed Broadcasters to Comply with Broadcasting Code

Balarabe Shehu Ilelah

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Balarabe Ilelah, has urged newly licensed broadcast stations to live up to expectations by operating within the provisions of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code, avoiding broadcasting sensationalism and fake news and also not allow themselves to be carried away by religious or ethnic sentiments

Mallam Ilelah made the call on October 4, 2021 while presenting letters of provisional approval to companies, organisations and institutions of higher learning for the 159 newly licensed radio, television and community radio stations at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

The NBC DG had on September 26, 2021 announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of 159 new radio and television stations in Nigeria.

Mallam Ilelah disclosed to the successful applicants for radio and television licences that no fewer than 300 applications for radio and television stations were recommended to President Buhari through the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture for approval but 159 of these applications were approved by the President.

He told the new licencees that “You went through a very rigorous security check. A total of almost 300 applications for radio and television stations were sent to the President through the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture for approval.”

“The ministry processed the applications and forwarded them to the Presidency, but fortunately, a total of 159 applications were approved by the President.

The DG further revealed that 65 applications that were still pending with the President and seven applications were rejected for undisclosed security reasons.

Meanwhile, he enjoined them to live up to expectations and operate within the provision of the National Broadcasting Code to avoid being deviated.

He also warned them: “You must not allow your stations to be used as platforms to destroy Nigeria. You must use your license to build and not to destroy the nation,” adding that the Commission will not hesitate to revoke any license that operates contrary to the provision of the law.

He said the licenses were not granted to jeopardise national security, but to promote national interest and foster unity in our diversity.

Prof. Mohammed Yahaya, Founder, ENUMAN Community Radio, Bida, Niger State, who responded on behalf of the licensees, assured him that they would justify the confidence the presidency reposed in them by abiding by the broadcasting code.

The list of the 159 newly-approved licenses as released by the NBC are as follows:

Federal Polytechnic Ilaro (Radio); Prospective Union of Reno People (Radio); Irawo Tuntun Community Development Organization; Smile Community Radio Initiative; Yinka Ayelek Limited; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Radio; and M.A. Association.

Others are International Institute of Topical Agriculture Radio; M.A. Association; Prince Media Network; Syrah Communication Network; ATSOM Broadcast and Production Limited; Sound Smith Nigeria Limited; Jamkat Integrity Investment Limited; Dudu African Broadcasting Communication Limited Tower Peak Nigeria Limited; NIBAS Ventures Limited; Hi-Fidelity Communications; Al-Qadr Integrated Limited; B360 Nigeria Limited; Hallow Mace Communication Limited; Bliss Broadcasting Limited; The Street Journal Limited; Independent Television; Federated Water Users Association; Fa‘ida FM Radio; Immaculate Impact Limited.

God’s Vision Broadcasting; Higher Edge Broadcasting and Communication; Taip Communication Limited; Well’s Communication Services Limited; Silva-Dutch Intercontinental Limited; General Commodity Market and Exchange (GCMX); Planet Radio 101.1 FM (Taf & Associate); Communication Faculties Limited; ARC Broadcasting Services Limited; Godfrey Okoye University Radio; Lagoni Broadcasting Company; ART Broadcasting Company; Abadam Communication; Hamdana Media; Irrigation Water Users Association; Yammedi Universal Concept; Hikima Media Services; Bush House Media Limited; Right flow Communication Nigeria Limited; Oron Union Community Radio; Now Network Bros Limited.

Rock Vile Media Hub Limited; Mirror Flash Nigeria Limited; Galaxy Television Radio; Blaze Media Limited; Tungba Communications; Eko Hot Blog Media; Icare Foundation Radio; Micro Media Marketing; Solution Media and Infotech Limited; Afe Babalola University Radio; Agbaye FM Radio Limited; Obagaji Midag Limited; Legacy University Radio; Kpakparido Media Group Limited; Enumana Community Radio; Horney Wave Communication.

Delta State Polytechnic Radio; Citizens Aids and Advancement Foundation Community Radio; Great Memories Media Limited; Post Mark Engineering Limited; Rahma Foundation Community Radio; Trimming Radio; Living Television Academy; Bliss Multinational Perfection and Communications; Niger Delta University Radio; Donlulu Foundation Community Radio; Rething Media Network Limited; Chrisore Communication Limited; Ayekoto Communication Limited.

Eagle Broadcasting Corporation Limited; Goronyo Irrigation Dam Water Users Association; Top FM 90.9; Rhoda Vision Engineering Limited; Road Radio Limited; Multiple Synergies Limited; Bricks Motar Communication Limited; Nuryne Media Consultant; Sat-link Limited; Dandal Kura Radio; Sunshine Radio; Blue Print Newspaper Limited.

Siman’s Strategies Communications Limited; Wadata Communication Limited Sterolga Nigeria Limited; Victory FM Nigeria Limited; Minny Tech Xchange Limited; Nana Aishat School Limited; Lash Tan Limited; Proedge Limited; Jokis Communication; Empau Communication; Safeline Media Limited; Shamuwa Global FM Radio Limited; Samuda Communication Limited ; Heritage Communication Limited; Browse Point Nigeria Limited; Ima-Asad Communication Limited; Muhasa Nigeria Limited ; Roots TV Nigeria Limited; Rhimiax Investment Limited.

Now Radio Limited; Yammedi Universal Concept Limited; South Atlantic Media Limited; Tugad Nigeria Limited; Continental Computer Resources & Investment. Ltd; On Air Media Limited; Pan Ventures Limited; Al-ansar Radio YV; 792 General Limited; One Doze Nigeria Limited; Al Raymond Integrated Services Limited; Audience and Brands Consulting limited; Graceland Broadcasting Limited; Immadi Concept Limited.

Crop, Animal, Communication Limited ; NV Broadcasting Company Limited; Radio Me Limited; Tadone Services Limited; Loaded Global Limited; Portland Entertainment Limited; Zero Defect Nigeria Limited; Bomey Broadcast Services Nigeria Limited; Taha Investment Nigeria Limited; Munnugu Limited; Haji Broadcasting Limited; BEU Gerante Limited; SMK Group Limited; Royal Voices Multibiz International Limited; People Info Systems and Media Access Limited; Women Tower Foundation; Iwhuruoha Community Development Initiative; Smile Community Radio.

Raha Foundation; Bakalori Water Users Association; Ammasco Communication Limited; Lakeside Communication Nigeria Limited; Sashram Nigeria Limited; Goldary Solar Technology Limited; Discovery Media Limited; Tramasco Nigeria Limited; Mayorleb International Communications Nig. Ltd.; Recovery Media House FM Radio; Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic FM Radio; Rholavision Engineering FM Radio; African Broadband Limited; Asvoan Nigeria Limited;

Ekinrin-Adde Community Development Association; ATAP FM Radio; National Meatre Radio Limited; Bi Communication Limited; Awodi Communication Limited; Eurobel Digital Communications Limited; Ikra Multimedia LTD.