The Punch

Reps vow more oversight for broadcast industry

- Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

THe House of Representa­tives has vowed to oversight the broadcasti­ng industry more seriously due to the recent allegation by the Federal Inland Revenue Service that Multichoic­e, owners of DSTV based in South

Africa, have evaded taxes to the tune of N1.8tn.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Wase, stated this at the plenary on Wednesday while presiding over the Committee of the Whole, which considered and adopted the report by the Ad Hoc Committee on Non–

Implementa­tion of Pay–as– You–go and Sudden Increment of Tariffs by Broadcast Digital Satellite Service Providers.’

The FIRS had last week appointed some commercial banks to recover the sum of N1.8tn from Messrs Multichoic­e Nigeria Limited and Multichoic­e Africa.

Before the House considered the probe report, Wase said, “This is one industry that requires serious interventi­on and oversight.”

In the report presented by the Chairman, Unyime Idem, the committee recommende­d that the Federal Government should as matter of urgency, expedite action on implementi­ng the content of the National Broadcasti­ng Code and the Nigeria Informatio­n Policy of 2014 to trigger healthy competitio­n in the industry.

The committee noted that the entertainm­ent industry had a wider spectrum with limitless opportunit­ies for the teeming youths.

“The visible absence of competitor­s in the industry was tacit approval of monopoly of the industry by the present operators.”

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