Buhari Okays 159 New Radio, TV Stations


President Muhammadu Buhari has granted approval to 159 companies, communities, and institutions of higher learning to operate radio and television stations across the country.

Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Balarabe Ilelah, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, explaining that the was part of government efforts at reaching Nigerians in every nooks and cranny of the nation.

The statement further said; “Following the approval granted by the president, NBC has released the list of 159 licenses granted to companies, communities, and institutions of higher learning.

“The commission was established by the NBC ACT, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation 2004 with the mandate to regulate and control broadcasting in Nigeria. Today, there are a total of 625 functional broadcast stations in Nigeria”, Director-General said.

According to him, on the list of newly-approved licenses are the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro (Radio), Prospective Union of Reno People (Radio), Smile Community Radio Initiative, and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Radio.

Ilelah also listed other approved stations as Dudu African Broadcasting Communications Ltd., Independent Television, Prince Media Network, Jamkat Integrity Investment Ltd., Hikima Media Services, and Galaxy Television Radio.

Also on the approved list are H-i Fidelity Communications, B360 Nigeria Ltd., Communication Faculties Ltd., Godfrey Okoye University Radio, Art Broadcasting Company, Hamdana Media, Sunshine Radio, BluePrint Newspapers Ltd., and NV Broadcasting Company Ltd. among others.

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