Lai Mohammed Orders Implementation Of 70% Local Content In Broadcasting

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, addressing a press conference in Lagos on December 30, 2019. Photo: Twitter- @FMICNigeria

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has issued a new regulation to compel the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to implement 70% local content in broadcasting.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday revealing the Minister’s new directives to NBC.

The statement which was signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, also contained the new directive aimed at repositioning Nigeria’s broadcast industry, creating jobs, promoting local content, and boosting the advert industry.

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“Major highlights of the Minister’s directive include new regulations to compel broadcasters to utilize the content and services of Nigerian independent producers, in fulfillment of the regulatory requirements for 70% local content, rather than the current abuse of the rules which allow many loopholes for the production of such content in jurisdictions outside Nigeria,” the statement read in part.

This according to the Minister will empower local producers with proper funding and investment, enhance foreign collaborations, develop the local industry, raise the standard of local productions and ultimately lead to job creation.

The new regulation frowns against illegal and unpaid use of musical works by broadcast stations without payment of royalties. It also put an end to exclusivity in sporting rights in the country.

“For musical content, a new regulation will ensure that broadcasters are prevented from illegal and unpaid use of musical works without payment of the applicable license fees and/or royalties required by music rights owners.

“Similar provision will prohibit exclusivity of sporting rights in Nigeria, as a new regulation now mandates broadcasters and exclusive licensees to share such rights with other broadcasters to boost reach and also maximise utilisation by all broadcasters of premium content, in order to grow their platforms and investment in other content.”

The Minister concluded that this regulation will prevent the misuse of monopoly or market power or anti-competitive and unfair practices by a foreign or local broadcaster to suppress other local broadcasters in the television and radio markets.

The new regulations are due to come into effect in this month of January.

200 Million Nigerians To Receive Fair Return On Surfeit Of Resources – Lai Mohammed

 

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that for the first time under our amended law, 200 million Nigerians will start to receive a fair return on the surfeit of resources of the nation’s lands. 

While addressing a news conference on Monday in Lagos where he highlighted the government’s achievement in 2019, Mr. Mohammed said increased income will allow for new hospitals, schools, infrastructure, and jobs.

The minister said over the years Nigeria has failed to secure its equitable share of the proceeds of oil production because all attempts to amend the law on the distribution of income have failed, adding that the present administration has broken the jinx.

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“President Muhammadu Buhari, in a landmark move, signed into law the amended Deep Offshore Bill. This Act means that Nigeria will now receive its fair, rightful and equitable share of income from our own natural resources for the first time since 2003,” Lai Mohammed stated.

He also noted that 2019 has been a momentous year, adding the Buhari-led administration has taken Nigeria closer to its Next Level target.

According to him, the economy has continued to witness a strong performance, building on the steady recovery since the last recession.

“Nigeria has not reached its debt ceiling of 25% in total public debt stock to GDP (Debt/GDP), as it is currently on 18.99%, but its debt service to revenue ratio has been higher than desirable, which explains why the government is moving ahead with its economic diversification efforts, in addition to increasing oil and non-oil revenues and widening the tax base,” he stressed.

The Minister told newsmen that the security of lives and property has remained a priority of the present administration, adding that this has led to a tremendous improvement that has been witnessed in fighting terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other acts of criminality.

While agreeing that the year was indeed a challenging one in terms of insecurity, Mr. Mohammed however, argued that the Federal Government faced the challenge squarely to cancel doomsday predictions from the political opposition and their allies.

He concluded that the fight against insecurity was boosted by the border drill, which curtailed access to weapons by terrorists and other criminals.

Buhari’s Govt Has Embarked On The Most Massive Infrastructural Renewal – Lai Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting with APC governors at the State House in Abuja on September 13, 2019.

 

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has praised the Muhammadu Buhari administration for embarking on what he called a massive in massive infrastructural renewal.

In the face of the power situation and condition of roads in the country, he believes the present administration has performed the most in the area of infrastructure than any other government in the history of the nation.

Mr Mohammed was addressing a news conference on Monday in Lagos where he highlighted the government’s achievement in 2019.

“Gentlemen, if there is any area in which this administration has been consistent in terms of development, it is in the area of building and revamping critical infrastructure.

“As we speak, infrastructural projects – roads, rail, power, dams, etc – are ongoing in all the six geo-political zones.  No administration has ever embarked on such a massive infrastructural renewal, more so at a time of dwindling earnings,” he said.

The minister noted that the Nigerian government and Siemens signed an agreement to generate 11,000 MW by 2023.

According to him, the power agreement is to support the activities of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the 11 distribution companies within the country, including software maintenance and support for four years.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, addressing a press conference in Lagos on December 30, 2019. Photo: Twitter- @FMICNigeria

 

 

Mr Mohammed disclosed that the laying of rail tracks on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line has almost been completed and test run has commenced.

He added that contractors were mobilised to various construction sites across the country to deliver on the road projects

The minister also informed reporters that there were heightened activities on the Lagos-Badagry, Port Harcourt-Enugu and Port Harcourt-Aba, as well as Okene-Auchi Road, among other major roads in the country.

He also explained the rationale behind President Buhari’s request that the National Assembly should grant him permission to secure an external loan.

“In the face of massive infrastructural decay, no responsible government will sit by and do nothing.

“This administration’s borrowing, therefore, is aimed at revamping our infrastructure, including roads, bridges, railways, waterways and power, to help unleash the potential of the nation’s economy,” Mr Mohammed.

He added, “The loans for the educational sector will contribute to the development of our human capital while the loans for the agricultural sector will help the move to diversify the economy.

“The debt service to revenue ratio has, however, been higher than desirable, hence the push by the government to diversify the economy and increase oil and non-oil revenues significantly.”

FG Puts Debt Stock At $83bn, Says Nigeria Not In Trouble

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, addressing a press conference in Lagos on December 30, 2019. Photo: Twitter- @FMICNigeria

 

 

The Nigerian Government has put the total public debt stock of the nation at $83 billion.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Monday in Ikeja, Lagos State.

He decried that the country’s debt stock was being misrepresented by those he described as scaremongers.

According to Mohammed, Nigeria is not in debt trouble as being circulated as the nation is within a reasonable debt to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio.

He explained that the debt was an accumulation of successive government activities, adding that the economic state of the country was good.

The minister said, “The public debt stock is actually a cumulative figure of borrowings by successive governments over many years. It is, therefore, not appropriate to attribute the public debt stock to one administration.

“Nigeria’s total public debt stock in 2015 was $63.80 billion, comprising $10.31 billion of external debt and $53.49 billion domestic debt. By June 2019, the total debt stock was $83.883 billion, made up of $27.163 billion of external debt and $56.720 billion domestic debt.”

“It is, therefore, not correct to say that Nigeria’s external debt alone is $81.274 billion. There is yet no cause for alarm.

“This is because Nigeria has a debt ceiling of 25% in the total public debt stock to Gross Domestic Product (Debt/GDP), which it has operated within,” he added.

The minister noted that the economy has grown in the year 2019 under review, adding that the oil and non-oil sectors performed better than they did in 2018.

He also highlighted some of the feats recorded by the government in the areas of anti-corruption war and security.

Mohammed said the corruption fight was largely successful and while security, especially the insurgency in the North East has been tackled properly.

He, however, admitted that there were still pockets of attacks in the region, saying the government was on top of the situation.

The minister also informed the reporters that the government has made progress in providing food for the people, saying Nigeria was close to food self-sufficiency.

He also defended the continued closure of the nation’s borders, saying it has helped local food production and curbed crime and violent activities.

Another benefit of border closure, according to Mohammed, is the decline noticed in the rate of illegal migration into the country.

Religious Freedom: US Govt Misled By Disgruntled Leaders, FG Reacts

 

The Federal Government has rejected the US designation of Nigeria as a country that engages in or tolerates severe violations of religious freedom.

The US in its Special Watch List placed Nigeria amongst countries that its government had engaged in or tolerated the severe violation of religious freedom.

A statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said that the tag is birthed from disgruntled politicians who have latched on to religion as their trump card to discredit the President Muhamadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

Mr. Mohammed added that Nigerians enjoy unfettered freedom to practice their religion and it is unfortunate that the US fell for the antics of the discontented and the unpatriotic few.

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He stated that the move to give religious coloration to the farmers-herders clashes and the Boko Haram insurgency, in particular, has helped to mislead the US into concluding that the government is doing little or nothing to guarantee religious freedom in the country.

”But, as we have always said, the farmers-herders clashes have nothing to do with religion but everything to do with environmental and socio-economic realities. The religious tag given to the clashes has no basis in fact but is very convenient for those who will very easily give the dog a bad name just to hang it.

“On its part, the Boko Haram terrorists are extreme fanatics who do not subscribe to the tenets of any religion, in spite of their pretense to Islamic adherence,” he said.

On the El-Zakzaky issue, which was referred to in the report by the US government, he described it is purely a criminal matter, which is being handled by a court of competent jurisdiction.

The Minister said while the government welcomes constructive criticism from any quarter, it rejects any attempt to sow the seed of mistrust among the various religious groups in the country.

DSO: ICPC Fails To Produce Lai Mohammed As Witness, Closes Its Case

A file photo of Mr Lai Mohammed

 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), failed to produce the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed in court, to testify as a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Kawu Modibbo, Pinnacle Communications Ltd, and two others.

On October 21, the last adjourned date, the trial Judge, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo- Giwa had threatened to close the case of ICPC against the defendants if it fails to produce Mr Mohammed and a subpoenaed bureau de change operator in court as a witness on December 3.

Despite the failure of the ICPC to produce the Information Minister to testify in court, a statement he made to the agency, tendered in court, indicated that he gave the approval for the release of N2.5 billion to the National Broadcasting Corporation as seed grant for the Digital Switch Over project of the Federal Government.

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Prosecution counsel, Mr Henry Emoreh informed the court that though the case was for continuation of trial, he intends to close the case of the prosecution as he is not calling any more witnesses.

Reacting to the sudden decision of the prosecution to close its case, counsel to Mr Modibbo, Mr Akeem Mustapha said he would not be calling any witnesses.

Mr Mustapha said pursuant to section 303 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, he would be asking for the maximum 14 days to file the first defendant’s no-case-submission.

Similarly, Mr Alex Iziyon who is the counsel to the second and third defendants said he would not be calling any witness and therefore requested for the maximum 14 days period allowed by ACJ act to file a no-case-submission.

Reacting, the prosecution counsel told the court that he needed 21 days to reply to all the proposed applications for no-case-submissions of the defendants.

In a short ruling, Justice Ogunbanjo- Giwa noted that it would take 42 days for counsel to file and exchange processes in respect of the application for no-case-submissions.

Consequently, the court adjourned the matter to January 30, 2020, for adoption.

Filling Stations Along Nigeria-Niger Border Smuggle Fuel, Says FG

 

The Federal Government has revealed that over 50 percent of filling stations located along the Magama Jibia/Niger border owned by foreigners are set up solely for the purpose of smuggling petroleum products.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this after he led a powerful delegation on an assessment tour to inspect the activities of the joint border patrol at sector 4 of the border drill in Katsina state.

Mr Mohammed added that since the closure of the filling station, the smuggling of petroleum products out of Nigeria has greatly been reduced.

“There are hundreds of filling stations along the border; we counted many as we drove to the border this morning. They were set up purposely for smuggling.

“They don’t sell the fuel consignment they receive to the public, 50 percent of them are owned by foreigners.

“Now that they are closed, we have recorded over 30% in domestic fuel consumption,” he maintained.

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He explained that the four sectors where the drill is currently ongoing have recorded highest successes in terms of illegal migration, cattle rustling, kidnapping, banditry, and arms smuggling.

“We have recorded over 30 percent increase in revenue since the drill.

“Gentlemen, before the drill, the borders contributed nothing to the revenue, nothing.

“Customs was recording about N4.5 billion daily, but since the closure, the figure has increased to between N5 and N8 billion daily.

“The North-West sector, of the four sectors affected by the drill, has recorded the highest success in terms of reduction of illegal migration, thanks to the drill.”

The minister also added that the exercise is not targeted at any region in the country, neither is it designed to cripple businesses in any part of the country.

He maintained that since the exercise commenced over a few months ago, local businesses across the country have continued to thrive, as farmers and rice millers, in particular, are now having huge turnover.

Mr Mohammed added that Nigeria will continue to engage with neighbouring countries to ensure that all the concerns that led to exercise swift response are fully addressed.

FG To Regulate Internet Broadcast Content

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government will mandate the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to come up with new regulations for internet and mainstream broadcast organizations.

Mr Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday after he received reports from the committee inaugurated last month to study and make recommendations on the government’s proposals to reform the NBC.

The minister also urged the NBC to review its fines from N500,000 to N5,000,000 for breaches relating to hate speeches.

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Furthermore, he recommended the suspension of broadcast license for organisations that willfully repeat infractions on three occasions.

The minister had on Monday stated that the recent move by the Federal Government to regulate the social media space from fake news and hate speech is not aimed at gagging the media.

Social Media Regulation: FG Not Attempting To Gag The Media – Lai Mohammed

 

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the recent move by the Federal Government to regulate the social media space from fake news and hate speech is not aimed at gagging the media.

Mr Mohammed made this known when he received the National Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its President, Christopher Isiguzo on a courtesy visit in Abuja.

He said that if the NUJ and other media professional bodies, they should reach out and engages the government, instead of rushing to the media to condemn the move to protect the integrity of the media.

“As a professional body for journalists, the NUJ has its code of ethics for journalists, and this guides their operation. To the best of my knowledge, the trained, professional journalists cannot afford to engage in fake news, because this will kill public trust in the media. They also cannot afford to engage in hate speech, because of its implication for national peace and unity. After all, there has to be a country before you can even practice your profession.

“When we announced the plan to regulate the social media, we said clearly that the regulation is not an attempt to gag the media or muzzle free speech; we said journalists have nothing to fear.”

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Mr Mohammed urged media practitioners to lead in sanitizing the social media space because they will be the first victim when the people lose confidence in the media due to the reckless actions of non-journalists and purveyors of fake news and hate speech.

“We will not unilaterally impose measures aimed at injecting sanity into the social media space. We will work with stakeholders, including the NUJ, Guild of Editors, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, the Civil Society, Online Publishers, Bloggers, etc.

“Already, we have dispatched letters to these stakeholders. A government that has the intention of gagging the media won’t engage stakeholders in dialogue on the way forward.”

He explained that the Federal Government has taken the initiative to adopt the use of technology, legislation and regulatory bodies, but it is up to the stakeholders to decide the best option.

“But we have also taken the initiative to meet, very soon, with the platform owners, like Facebook, Whatsapp, Google, Twitter and Instagram, among others, to engage them on the way forward.

“But I must say that rushing to reject the plan without bothering to understand what it entails is not helpful, and constitutes panic reaction.”

Mr Mohammed stated that the Federal Government will still go ahead with the plan to stop purveyors of fake news and hate speeches. Adding that, no responsible government will allow such acts to reign freely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FG Pledges Full Support For AFRIMA As Nigeria Hosts 2019 Edition

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File: Mr Lai Mohammed addresses a press conference in Abuja.

The Federal Government has promised its full support for the successful hosting of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), as the country prepares to host the glamorous event in Lagos 20-23 November 2019, with the theme: ”Feel Africa”.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the promise in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

”When you look at the All Africa Music Awards, it’s one of the biggest awards for the music industry in Africa, and what government has done in the past is to provide the enabling environment for the awards to take place.

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”We provided support services for AFRIMA, we gave them the backing they need and I think it’s on record that the AFRIMA editions that have been held in Nigeria have been among the most successful.

”This year again, we are ready to partner AFRIMA professionally, give them the maximum support such as effective media coverage and also help them in reaching out to other critical stakeholders,” the Minister said.

He said part of the reasons why Nigeria has successfully hosted the music awards is because the country has relaxed its visa regime, with the visa on arrival policy, thus making it easier for people to come in.

AFRIMA, which was first held in 2014, was established in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical talents and creativity in Africa as well as to promote African Cultural Heritage.

FG Does Not Play Politics With Security – Lai Mohammed

A file photo of Mr Lai Mohammed.

 

 

The Federal Government affirmed the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to tackling security challenges in the country without bias.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, stated this on Tuesday at a special town hall meeting on security in Katsina State.

According to him, the event is unique because it is the first time governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be panellists at such meeting since its commencement in 2016.

“This is first, a testimony to the fact that this Federal Government does not play politics with the security and welfare of citizens,” the minister said.

He added, “Secondly, (it is) a reflection of the patriotism, commitment, and nationalism of the governors, irrespective of their party affiliations. I congratulate all of us for being part of this historic outing.”

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No Peace, No Development

Mr Mohammed noted that the government was not unaware of the recent criminal attacks on communities in the North-West.

According to him, cases of banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling seem to have worsened in the region until recently.

He reminded the meeting that one of the cardinal programmes of the present administration was to tackle insecurity across the country.

The minister said, “Whether it is Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling or armed robbery, the administration has faced the challenges posed by insecurity with grit and determination.

“The Federal Government is unrelenting in tackling these challenges because without peace and security, there can be no development.”

“Here in the North-West, the security challenges – banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping – have been unique and daunting.

“The deadly attacks that claimed lives and destroyed property were daily making headline news all over the country,” he lamented.

Mr Mohammed decried that the situation became so bad in some of the states in the region that many felt they were intractable.

He was, however, thankful that the efforts of the Federal Government, as well as the determination and innovative efforts of the governments of the affected states,  have been a remarkable improvement.

The minister said peace and security were gradually returning to the worst-hit states while progress that has been made in combating banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping.

He explained that it has become imperative for the government at the federal and state levels to provide a platform for the governors of the front-line states to highlight the successes they have achieved in their various states in tackling cases of insecurity.

Mr Mohammed was hopeful that at the end of the meeting, the efforts of the governors of the affected states of Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara, as well as the contributions of the Federal Government would be well-documented.

Those present included Governors Aminu Masari (Katsina), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), as well as the Ministers of Defence and Interior, Major General Bashir Magashi and Mr Rauf Aregbesola, respectively.

FG Inaugurates NBC Committee To Review Fines On Hate Speeches, Others

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has inaugurated the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Reform Implementation Committee to review fines on hate speeches and inciting comments.

Mr. Lai Mohammed in a press briefing on Thursday gave an upward review of fines from N500,000 to N5,000,000 for breaches of these offences.

Read Full Statement Below: 

REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI
LAI MOHAMMED, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE NATIONAL BROADCASTING
COMMISSION (NBC) REFORM IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY,
OCT. 9TH 2019

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this inauguration.

2. Please permit me to most sincerely thank the lady and gentlemen
whom I have appointed to serve in the National Broadcasting Commission
(NBC) Reform Implementation Committee.

I am most delighted that you all made it here, despite the fairly-short notice. This is a testament to your patriotism, and I thank you all

3. Before I proceed to the reason we are here today, let me give you
a quick background.

Following deliberations at the Federal Executive
Council (FEC) of March 27th, 2019, on the unprofessional and unethical
conduct of some broadcast stations, especially before and during the
last general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari directed me to
institute an inquiry into the conduct of the stations and
report back to the Council.

4. Consequently, I inaugurated a five-member committee on Wednesday,
April 10th 2019 with the following terms of reference:

– Find out to what extent the NBC was able to effectively carry out
its regulatory role before and during the 2019 general elections.
– Recommend measures that could strengthen the NBC’s regulatory role
and make it more effective.

5. The committee submitted its report on April 24th 2019, with 26
recommendations, and I subsequently forwarded the report to Mr.
President, who has since approved them.

6. Highlights of the recommendations approved by Mr. President are as follows:
A) Independence of the NBC from political interference in the
exercise of its regulatory powers, particularly with respect to the
issuance and withdrawal of broadcasting licence.

B) A review of the National Broadcasting Code and extant broadcasting
laws to reflect the following amendments;

– Upward review of fines from N500,000 to N5,000,000 for breaches
relating to hate speeches, inciting comments and indecency.

– Wilful repeat of infractions on three occasions after levying fine
on a station to attract suspension of license.

– Upgrade of breach of political comments relating to hate speeches
and divisive comments to ”Class A” offence in the Broadcasting Code.

– Amendment of the NBC Act to enable NBC license WebTv and radio
stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria

C) Recruitment of more monitoring staff for the NBC. At the moment,
there are only about 200 Staff monitoring about 1,000 radio and
television stations.

D) Deployment of adequate monitoring equipment and technologies for the NBC
E) Enhancement of welfare packages of NBC staff to avoid their
compromise in the line of duty

7. We are now at the implementation stage, hence I have appointed
seven ‘wise’ men and woman to design the framework for the
implementation. The members are:

A) Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, Director of Monitoring of the NBC.

B) Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa, Acting Chairman of the Broadcasting
Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

C) J.K. Ehicheoya, Esq, Director, Legal Services, Federal Ministry of
Information and Culture.

D) Hajia Binta Adamu Bello, Secretary, Association of Local
Governments of Nigeria (ALGON).

E) Mr. Ibrahim Jimoh, Director of Administration, (FRCN).

F) Hon. Agbo Kingsley Ndubuisi, Board Member, (NBC).

G) Mr. Joe Mutah, Chief Press Secretary, Federal Ministry of
Information and Culture

Prof. Idachaba will serve as the Chairman of the Committee, while Mr.
Mutah will be the Secretary.

8. The terms of reference of the committee are as follows:

– To implement the recommendations of the committee on the NBC
reforms as approved by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.

– To Immediately commence work on all statutory, legal and regulatory
framework for further legislative action on the review of the NBC Act
by the National Assembly.

– To immediately assess and propose equipment, materials and
training needed to make the NBC a modern and well-positioned regulator.

– To liaise with relevant agencies to ensure the provision of the
manpower needs of the Commission to enable it to function optimally.

– To work out the modalities for a competitive and reasonable
salaries, wages and other welfare needs of the staff of the Commission.

– To establish necessary protocols for the establishment or
appointment of professionals or technocrats (non-partisan personality)
to run the agency, and appointment into the board of the NBC.

– To immediately establish and publicize a new sanctioning, fines
and penalty regime that is in line with international best practice,
promote professionalism and serve as a deterrent to the erring.

practitioners against misconduct, especially hate speech, violence and
the spread of fake news.

– To establish and publish a new regulation for the licensing of Web
and Internet broadcasters/International broadcasters in Nigeria.

– And finally to end all forms of monopoly detrimental to the actualization of the immense potential of the broadcast industry

The Committee has six weeks to submit its report

9. I have no doubt that this Committee, which comprises
highly-experienced professionals and administrators will carry out a
a thorough job that will re-position the NBC as an effective and
efficient regulator

10. Once again, I thank you all for accepting to serve on this
Committee and I wish you successful deliberations