Reps vow more oversight for broadcast industry
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.”