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Nigeria: Govt Approves Licensing Of Online Radio And TV Stations

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has recently approved many reforms in the broadcasting industry, including the much-anticipated licensing of online TV and radio stations, according to the country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The Media Aide to Mr Mohammed, Segun Adeyemi, released a statement saying that the initiative was aimed at bringing sanity to the industry.

He said that the President disclosed this last week in Abuja on Friday when he received a courtesy visit from members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON). 

Adeyemi confirmed that the President had approved a review of the Broadcast Code and also approved the licensing of web TVs and radio stations, including that of foreign broadcasters who beam signals into Nigeria.

The Minister assured the public, yet again, that the government has no intention to gag the press.

Mohammed also appealed to BON to collaborate with the government in support of peaceful co-existence to promote progress and national development. 

Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa, the acting Chairman of BON, said that he is happy with the new developments implemented by the FG and also pledged the readiness of BON to join in on the government’s agenda, especially in the fight against fake news.


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