The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the licensing of online radio and television stations. According to reports, he has also validated a wide range of other major reforms in the broadcasting industry.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Friday when members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) paid the minister a courtesy visit in Abuja.
He said, “I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr. President has actually already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is going to take care of many of the issues you have already raised here.
“In particular, the president has approved that WebTVs and radio stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, will be licensed because we must bring sanity into this industry.
“Mr. President has also approved a wide range of reforms in the industry which, at the appropriate platform, I will let you know.”
The Minister further promised to maintain close relations with members of BON in the review of the Broadcasting code.
Lai Mohammed made this promise while assuring his guests that the presidency and the ministry are working together to ensure that the media is given a free and open voice, as it is the mouthpiece and ears of the people.
"I have said it on many platforms that this administration is not about to gag the press. No! But we will appeal to the press to please self-regulate for the sake of this country and also for the sake of the industry itself,” he stated.
“Today, if anybody listens to what is being said on some radio or television stations, you will think that this country is at war or that Christians actually cannot live with Muslims or that there is a dichotomy between the North and the South.”