Licence Fees: NBC Extends Deadline For Payment

nbc-bossThe National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has extended the deadline for the payment of outstanding licence fees by broadcast stations by three months.

This was announced on Friday in Abuja by the Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, who stated that the new deadline is now June 30, 2017.

The NBC boss lauded the leadership of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr John Momoh, for spearheading an initiative to synergise broadcast organisations and officials of the NBC, to work out modalities leading to a final solution on the matter.

He added that the Commission would release a statement of account to each station within the month of April, to enable them reconcile their records and remit what is owed before June 30.

The extension followed an initial announcement by the NBC to shut down all indebted broadcast stations after March 31, if the outstanding fees were not paid.

Mr Kawu said more than 54 broadcast licences have been revoked since 2015, adding that the number of revocations would rise as new applicants for broadcast licences replace indebted broadcasters.

“There are those who used political connections with the top-most political leadership in Nigeria in the past to get illegal and undue favours that ran contrary to the NBC Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code,” he said earlier in an interview.

The NBC Director-General noted that “it’s a different period in our country”, saying “nobody will go up to Aso Villa and get some black market deal anymore”.

BON Chairman Advocates Transfer Of Radio, Television Licensing Powers To NBC

John Momoh new BON chairman on Radio and television licencing The Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr John Momoh, is advocating a constitutional amendment that will provide for the removal of radio and television licensing from the functions of local government councils.

Mr Momoh gave the suggestion on Tuesday in his first official address as the chairman of the organisation.

He is also proposing the empowerment of the National Broadcasting Commission to collect the license fees in trust for and on behalf of the public radio and television stations.

Such amendment will mean that public broadcasters will stop collecting adverts from the public, which will then become the exclusive preserve of private broadcasters.

Mr Momoh, who is also the Chairman and CEO of Channels Television, explained that the proposal would ensure that the principles of funding of the dual broadcasting system, which Nigeria practices, was fully embraced, implemented and practiced as it is in other parts of the world.

It was the 66th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria which coincides with the final transition and hand-over of baton of leadership to the newly elected chairman of the organisation and his Vice Chairman, Sa’a Ibrahim.

To set the tone for the Assembly, which focuses on plans for the broadcast sector development, the out-going chairman of the organisation, said innovation, creativity and responsiveness were critical to the broadcasting association.

The role of the media as the developmental template setter, as well as challenges that need to be tackled to reposition the Nigeria broadcast industry, are central to discussions at the assembly.

With the handover of mantle of leadership to Mr Momoh, the 12th chairman of the association and the first independent broadcaster to hold the position, his key areas of concern were stated without equivocation.

Some of the areas the new BON chairman is set to tackle are; the establishment of a united and common front to help eliminate industry debt, resuscitation of the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters, digital switchover, the education and training of members through collaboration with international broadcast organisations and the establishment of a BON festival.

For these projections, he sets the stage with a promise of a new era in the broadcast industry.

FCTA Reviews Land Allocation In Abuja

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FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it is reviewing the land allocation in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Mohammed Bello, disclosed this at a meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria on Friday.

Mr Bello said the review became necessary, as there were so many lands that could be used for investments but have been allowed to waste by suspected land speculators.

He explained that the FCT is hastening land approval process to make investment in the nation’s capital easy.