The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed all social media platforms as well as online broadcasting service providers within Nigeria to apply for a broadcast license.
Armstrong Idachaba, the NBC director-general, gave the edict in a newspaper advertorial published today, June 10th. Amstrong in the advertorial said that the NBC establishment code authorizes the commission to ask the companies to be licensed.
He also said;
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 advertorial reads
“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 a broadcast license for their service(s).
Note that any Online Broadcast Service Provider that fails to obtain a license will be considered an illegal entity.”
However, it is not presently clear whether the directive applies precisely to only broadcast organizations or not.
The announcement comes merely 24 hours after Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, announced that top service providers like Facebook, Twitter, and other microblogging sites will have to register for a license before they can operate in Nigeria.