Nige­ria has 740 broad­cast­ing sta­tions

The Punch - - NEWS - Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin


The Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Com­mis­sion, Is’haq Modibbo-kawu, says the Nige­ria broad­cast­ing in­dus­try is one of the lead­ing em­ploy­ers of labour in the coun­try as the in­dus­try can boast of 740 broad­cast­ing sta­tions.

Kawu dis­closed this on Sun­day while speak­ing at the 5th an­niver­sary of the Fresh In­sight News­pa­pers, held at the Ban­quet Hall, op­po­site Gov­ern­ment House, Ilorin, Kwara State cap­i­tal.

Kawu dis­closed that the com­mis­sion was cur­rently pro­cess­ing ad­di­tional 200 li­cences for an­other set of broad­cast­ing sta­tions in the coun­try which would fur­ther in­crease the num­ber of the ex­ist­ing fig­ure.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the com­mis­sion gave li­cences to 240 sta­tions in Septem­ber this year, say­ing that by the time the new li­cences were re­leased, more job op­por­tu­ni­ties would be pro­vided for the unem­ployed youths in the coun­try.

Kawu said, “Last Septem­ber, we gave 243 li­cences. As I’m talk­ing to you, we are ex­pect­ing an­other set of al­most 200 li­cences. So in terms of the quan­tity of sta­tions and op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to be em­ployed in broad­cast­ing, the in­dus­try is a sec­tor to be reckoned with.

“At the mo­ment, we have about 740 ra­dio and tele­vi­sion sta­tions and we think that be­fore long, this will in­crease be­cause at the mo­ment we are pro­cess­ing new li­cences.”

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