No fewer than 159 private organisations, communities and institutions of higher learning have been licensed to operate radio and television stations in Nigeria.
Naija News understands that the development was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the National Broadcasting Commission following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the proposed stations.
Speaking on the development in Abuja today, NBC Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah, said: “Following the approval granted by the president, NBC has released the list of 159 licenses granted to companies, communities and institutions of higher learning.
“The commission was established 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 broadcast stations in Nigeria,’’ Ilelah stated.
Ilelah revealed the newly-approved licenses as the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro (Radio), Prospective Union of Reno People (Radio), Smile Community Radio Initiative and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Radio.
He said others are Dudu African Broadcasting Communications Ltd., Independent Television, Prince Media Network, Jamkat Integrity Investment Ltd., Hikima Media Services, and Galaxy Television Radio.
“Others are H-i 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 others.”
In another news, President Buhari on Tuesday asked the Nigerian Senate to confirm the appointment of five Commissioner- nominees for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Buhari’s request was contained in a letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, on the floor of the Senate, Naija News reports.