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Nigerian Broadcasting Commission’s license revocation ill-timed, ill-advised, in bad faith

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Media Justice Nigeria (MJN) views with alarm the revocation of the licenses of 52 public and private radio and TV stations across the country by government’s regulatory agency, the Nigerian Broadcast Commission (NBC) on August 19, 2022. MJN views the sad and unfortunate development as ill-timed and ill-advised and in bad faith. While MJN is not happy that the stations are yet to meet up their statutory obligation of renewing their licenses that amount to N2.26 billion, we at MJN believe that the NBC should have devised other ways of addressing the situation rather than total revocation of licenses at a critical time like this. Not even the one week grace given is good enough.

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While the NBC claimed that the license revocation action has no political motive, MJN sees the action differently. It is no news that open political campaigns will commence in less than two weeks, in September. Revoking radio and TV licenses when political campaigns are about to open is in bad faith. The action will consequently deny the stations avenues of making money from campaign advertorials that would have positioned them financially to pay whatever was being owed the NBC. MJN therefore believes the NBC’s action is needlessly punitive and should be rescinded at once.

 

 

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The NBC should be reminded of the dire economic situation and unfavourable business operating environment the All Progressives Congress (APC) government that appointed the current board and management of the NBC plunged Nigerians since its inception over seven years ago. The attendant results of APC’s poor governance are massive job losses, all-time high inflation, high cost of business operations, high cost of fuel to power businesses and many other unfavourable indexes of poor governance that may have made it impossible for the stations to meet their payment obligations.

The NBC must not be seen as an extension of the Muhammadu Buhari administration that appointed its board and management that failed to create jobs for Nigerians but instead made millions who had jobs to be thrown into the labour market. The NBC should therefore be mindful of not denying hundreds of Nigerians who work in these stations the jobs that feed thousands of their dependants while carrying out its statutory duty. The NBC should also be humane in its duty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MJN therefore urges the NBC to rescind its license revocation action on these stations and reschedule the debts in such a manner that the stations are not unnecessarily shut down. The NBC should look at the high cost of owning a TV or radio license and review it downwards.

The NBC owes Nigerians the democratic duty of liberalising information that these stations stand for and not just behave as a revenue-generating agency of government. Nigerians cannot afford the information blackout that the NBC’s action will create especially at a time of high insecurity like these where citizens need timely information that can save lives and property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed:
Director

Anote Ajeluorou

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REWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: BURATAI AS SHINING LIGHT OF NORTHEAST

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Sahara Weekly Reports That The Concerned Citizens of Northeast hosted their Awards and Dinner event, where distinguished individuals were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the region. Among the awardees were notable figures such as Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, Sheikh Goni Umar Goni Usman, and Ummu Kalthum Muhammad. However, it was Amb Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai CFR who stole the spotlight as the shining light of the Northeast.

 

 

 

 

REWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: BURATAI AS SHINING LIGHT OF NORTHEAST

 

 

 

During the event, Maj Gen ID Penap praised Buratai, stating that he deserves every blessing that comes his way. He commended Buratai for his visionary leadership and described him as a proud son of the Northeast. Guest speaker Dr Hassan Zanna Boguma also lauded Buratai for his transformative military leadership, which led to the defeat of Boko Haram in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his acceptance speech, Gen Buratai expressed his gratitude for the award. He emphasized the importance of supporting and empowering the youth, noting that they are often left behind in terms of employment and opportunities. Buratai called for innovative programs from both the government and private sectors to unlock the potential of the younger generation.

 

 

 

 

REWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: BURATAI AS SHINING LIGHT OF NORTHEAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former Chief of Army Staff highlighted the need for unity and development in the Northeast, with a focus on combating issues of ethnicity, religion, and sectionalism. The formation of the Concerned Citizens of the Northeast organization aims to provide a platform for North Easterners to come together and build a better future for the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Amb Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai’s recognition as the shining light of the Northeast serves as a reminder of the importance of strong leadership and dedication to the development of the region. His commitment to empowering the youth and driving positive change sets a powerful example for others to follow.

 

 

 

REWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: BURATAI AS SHINING LIGHT OF NORTHEAST

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Sanusi God gave you a second chance, focus more on humanity than religion -prophet Ikuru

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By Collins Nkwocha

The prophetic hall of fame, prophet Godwin Ikuru of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry has told Sanusi to see his regaining the throne of the Emir as an act of God.

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Speaking today in Ikeja, Lagos, the handsome prophet implored Sanusi to focus more on serving humanity than religion “Sanusi should see his regaining the throne as a divine act,he was removed as the CBN governor and later dethroned from his position as an Emir,I know he was innocent that’s why God gave him a second chance”

The prophet insisted that God loves those who cares for humanity “no matter the religion you practice,if you care for humanity,God will continue to bless you, let’s stop putting religion ahead in things we do because it will only make us see the other religion as an enemy,God is a God of love, irrespective of the religion we practice, let’s focus and care for humanity,Sanusi should see this as a divine act of God,I want to congratulate him for getting back the throne which he was ousted years ago ”

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Sanwo-Olu, Cabinet Members Visit Obasa Over Father’s Demise

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– Governor presents condolence letter to Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Obasa says Lagos Assembly is governor’s support base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday led members of his cabinet to the Agege home of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, on a condolence visit over the demise of Alhaji Suleimon Atanda Obasa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alhaji Suleimon Obasa, father of the Speaker, passed away on Tuesday at 83 with Governor Sanwo-Olu describing the incident as shocking especially as he was hale and hearty a few days before his demise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“On behalf of the government and the people of Lagos State, I want to extend my sincere condolences to you and the entire Obasa family.

 

 

 

 

 

Sanwo-Olu, Cabinet Members Visit Obasa Over Father's Demise

 

 

 

 

 

“No matter how old one’s parents are, one can never want them to go. So one can imagine the shock that the incident came with, but we have the belief that it was the appointed time.

 

“This is something that all of us owe life. We only pray that we live long and leave good legacies.

 

“It is clear that having produced you, your dad actually left a good legacy. So the onus is now on you to carry on with his good works as a community leader and one that brought together the entire family,” the governor said.

 

Sanwo-Olu also commended the Speaker for his effective leadership of the Assembly and his service to Lagos. He prayed that the Speaker will continue to have the capacity to lead the legislative arm as he had always done.

 

In his response, Dr. Obasa described the House as the Governor’s support base adding that the legislative arm is poised to ensure the success of the current administration.

 

Obasa said the visit by the Governor and his cabinet is a confirmation of the love, cooperation, unity and friendship that radiate in government.

 

“The truth is that I hold you in high esteem always. And because we have the same father in Asiwaju Tinubu, we have always worked for the same goal which is service to the people of Lagos.

 

“I always say there is no amount of money one can acquire that would sustain one better than what one has done in one’s community,” the Speaker said noting that Agege has experienced massive progress because of the Governor’s collaboration and intervention.

 

“Like I continue to say, we should continue to be particular about the people, not ourselves because there will come a time when we will leave office and people will make reference to what we have done.

 

“Mr. Governor, you’re my brother anytime and day. Whatever we achieve in the House of Assembly is because you support us. We are there to work for your success and that is why as part of our religion, we must pray for you, the deputy governor and every other person before ourselves. That’s the only way one can grow,” Obasa added.

 

Eromosele Ebhomele

Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly

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