The regulatory body for broadcasting in Nigeria, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers in the country to obtain broadcast licence.
The directive was made by Armstrong Idachaba, the NBC director-general, in a newspaper advertorial published on Thursday.
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed had announced that Twitter and other social media platforms must register as a Nigerian company.
Acccording to Idachaba as stated in the advertorial, NBC code empowers the commission to ask the companies to be licensed.
It states ” Section two (b) of the NBC act of 2004 states: “(1) The Commission shall have [the] responsibility of: Receiving, processing and considering applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including (i) cable television services, direct satellite broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting.”
“The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) hereby directs every Online Broadcast Service provider and Social Media Platforms operating within the Nigerian State to apply and obtain broadcast licence for their service(s).
“Note that any Online Broadcast Service Provider that fails to obtain a licence will be considered an illegal entity.”