Nigeria: Regulator NBC Shuts Down FM Stations in Jigawa


Eleven community radio stations established by the former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, have been shut down for allegedly operating illegally without securing broadcast licences since 2004.

The State Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports and Culture, Alhaji Mukhtari Muhammad Birniwa disclosed this to newsmen Wednesday in Dutse. He said the affected stations were shut down in compliance with directives given by the Commission.

The negative impact of the suspension of transmission in the local FM stations are being felt by the people at the grassroots as it has forced residents in the affected areas to shift patronage to other stations in neighbouring states.

The commissioner stated that in view of the development, government has concluded plans to re-align the management of the community radio stations with a view to streamlining the stations broadcast under the AM Radio Jigawa. According to him, all the stations would now serve as transmission outlets for the AM Jigawa Radio, which will be required to hook up to other programmes of the station. It would be recalled that sometime in 2004, the then governor Turaki, established the community FM stations with the intention of bringing awareness and enlightenment to the rural communities.

(Leadership (Abuja), 14 September 2007)