The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has revoked the licenses of 54 radio and television stations that failed to pay their fees within the “mandatory 60-day window” Director General of NBC, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, made this known during a press conference in Abuja yesterday.
He also disclosed that TV and radio stations that have been issued licenses but have failed to come on air within the mandatory two years of kickoff will also have their licenses revoked.
He also noted that the NBC was being owed N5bn by radio and television stations in the country, and announced that the timeline for the payment of outstanding license fees had been extended to March 31.
“Over the past two weeks, I gave directive that the licenses of 54 companies that were issued licenses but had refused to pay their fees within the mandatory 60-day window, be revoked. And those licenses are revoked,” he said.
“There is another list of over 120 licenses that were paid within the mandatory period but were unable to come on air, within the mandatory two years; they are also being processed for revocation. And they will be revoked! Frequencies cannot be held indefinitely by individuals.”
“Let me re-iterate that ALL outstanding sums owed the NBC WOULD be COLLECTED! We gave a time line of March 15, 2017, for ALL stations owing outstanding license fees to effect payment. After consultations, that time line is being extended to March 31st, 2017.
“I want to affirm that AFTER March 31st, stations that refuse to meet their license fees obligations to the NBC, would be closed down! Period!
“Let me re-assure our colleagues that we do understand that these are difficult economic times in our country, but that cannot be justification for not meeting lawful obligations. Some of these license fees were due even before the economy entered a recession; it means that they had refused to do the right thing even in a period of economic normalcy.”