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According to National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, some broadcast
stations have refused to pay for the licence fees to operate in the country
which amounts to N5 billion.

Following their refusal to pay the fee, the commission has
issued a three-week ultimatum to all defaulted stations in the country to pay or
face sanctions.
The Director-General of the NBC in person of Ishaq Modibbo
Kawu, issued the cautionary statement at a meeting with the broadcast
stakeholders in Abuja, on Wednesday.
He said, There are
very worrisome issues in our operations. The first is the situation where many
stations have refused to pay their licence fees; even the statutory act of
informing the NBC six months before the expiration of licence and signifying
intention to continue as a licensee is ignored.

Our licensees carry
on as if they have their licenses for keeps and the NBC cannot withdraw
licences. It is important to remind us all that all licences are provisional,
no matter how long you have held them. And for emphasis, I want to let you know
that stations are owing over N5 billion as licence fees.

I will like to use
this medium to inform you that the NBC would be invoking the relevant laws
against erring stations. Consequently, all stations without exception are
expected to complete all payments owed the commission by March 15, 2017.
Pertaining defaulting transmitters, Kawu noted the
commission was likewise bothered over increase in rate of illegal use of
transmission power by stations all over Nigeria. He said, some stations acquire
transmitters and neglecting the stipulated and recommended transmitter power in
city based FM stations.
He stated that: The
consequence of this is that we have frequency clashes occurring all over 
Nigeria.
As at yesterday, we have compiled a total of 69 stations around Nigeria that
have installed transmitters beyond the transmitter power stipulated in their
licences, and that is not even exhaustive.

Henceforth, no
broadcaster would be allowed to import a transmitter beyond the power allotted
in the licences issued. Second, stations must ensure that their broadcasts are
limited to assigned areas only; and where these areas require less than 2KW
power, they must tune their transmitters below 2KW.

All stations that
have installed more than allotted TX power are hereby put on notice, that they
have six months to procure and install 2KW transmitters. After the expiration
of this grace period, we will ensure the de-commissioning of the transmitters
installed beyond the allotted TX power.
Speaking on hate speech, he said the commission had made
some move to expose tendencies that could lead to hate-speech in the sector in
general,

I will like to draw
your attention to the dangerous trend of hate speech that has become a major
problem in our country today. Broadcasters are beginning to abdicate our
gatekeeping role; there are too many stray dogs around the house now; our
stations must not be arenas for inciting and hate speech that can endanger the
good order of our country.
Broadcasting must
promote pluralism and decency, as well as help to deepen the content of
Nigerias democracy. We must not divide Nigeria. If we have forgotten, radio
became a medium that helped to trigger the tragic genocide in Rwanda.


We must use
broadcasting here as a platform of national development. At the NBC, we are
collaborating with the Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and
Development, to expose tendencies towards hate speech in the Nigerian media in
general, and in the broadcasting industry in particular. He explained.
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