Nigeria: NBC issues three-week ultimatum, threatens to shut down broadcast stations over N5bn debt
(Ecofin Agency) - All broadcasting stations in Nigeria are to pay all outstanding licence fees by March 15, 2017, or face strict sanctions. The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Is’haq Modibo Kawu (photo) issued the warning at the broadcast stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja.
He urged the operators to pay the sum owed, knowingly about N5billion ($15.9million).
The official added that there is a “situation whereby many stations have refused to pay their licence fees; even the statutory act of informing the NBC, six months before the expiration of licence and signifying intention to continue as a licencee is ignored”.
Aside this, the Commission is also concerned about the illegal use of transmission power by the stations across the nation.