Nigeria: NBC says pay your licence fees or have your licence revoked

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Broadcasting organizations in Nigeria that still owe the mandatory license fee and the 2.5 percent remittance of their income may have their licenses revoked next year, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said. NBC Director General Engineer Yomi Bolarinwa said that the Commission would in the coming year drive intensely all efforts to ensure that all owed license fees are collected from defaulting stations.

Describing the non-payment of the fee as unacceptable, Bolarinwa who spoke at a meeting between the Chief Executives of Broadcasting Stations in the country and NBC tagged Meeting of Terrestrial Radio and Television Licensees in Nigeria noted that the NBC enabling Act is very clear about the non-payment of license fee and the 2.5 percent of the income.

"One of the reasons by which a license can be revoked is not meeting the financial commitment to the commission, dead line would be given for the payment of the fee, for the license fee, it is less than ten percent, for the 2.5 percent income fee you have over 70 percent owing. It must be paid," he said.

While frowning at the technical output of the stations, which he described as worrisome, Bolarinwa said, "Noisy or tearing pictures, impaired audio, or audio that rises and falls epileptically is not the standard we want to take to the globalized 21 century of broadcasting".

In his remarks, Minister of information and communication, John Ogar Odey, who lamented the non-payment of those fees by the broadcasting organizations, warned that the federal government would not condone illegality.

Daily Trust (Abuja) 16 December 2008