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NUJ Reacts, Blasts NBC Over Suspension Of Licenses Of Media Houses

The Nationwide Union of Journalists (NUJ) has reacted to the choice of the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) to droop the licenses of a number of media homes.
SapaTV recollects the NBC on Friday introduced it had revoked the printed licences of Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM amongst others over their failure to resume broadcast licences.
This was made recognized by the Director Basic of the NBC, Mallam Balarabe Shehu.
He additionally directed NBC state workplaces to liaise with safety businesses to make sure the shut down of the operation of those stations inside the subsequent 24 hours.
Shehu said that the licenses of about 52 tv and radio stations was suspended over failure to pay federal licensing prices to the tune of N2.6 billion.
Reacting to the event, the NUJ in an announcement on Friday by its Nationwide President, Chris Isiguzo nonetheless described the motion of the trade regulator as hasty, ill-timed and reckless.
It added {that a} media blackout just isn’t what the nation wants for the time being, including that extra dialogue ought to have been employed in resolving the difficulty.
The NBC assertion reads: “The choice right this moment by the Business Regulator, the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee NBC, to revoke the licenses of 52 broadcast stations nationwide over-indebtedness to the Fee was ill-advised. The affected stations, in line with NBC, are mentioned to owe arrears of licence charges amounting to N2.6 billion since 2015.
Though the Director Basic of NBC, Malam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah claimed that this improvement had no political motives, but we insist that the motion was ill-timed and reckless. It must be famous that this wholesale revocation of licences at this important time of insecurity within the Nation seems to be a choice taken with out cautious prior deliberation, session or counsel.
Whereas we remorse the shortcoming of those broadcast stations to fulfil their obligations to NBC, in view of dwindling sources, we warning in opposition to such a large-scale clampdown of broadcast stations in disregard to safety points and the attendant consequence.
We can’t afford the disagreeable end result of such a media blackout right now. We name on NBC to train extra restraint on this difficulty in consideration of nationwide safety and permit for extra dialogue and session to discover a higher means of coping with the state of affairs.

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