The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed all social media platforms and internet broadcasting service providers operating in the country to apply for a broadcast license. This was disclosed on Thursday, in an advertorial issued by NBC Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba.
The advertorial reads: “The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) hereby directs every Online Broadcast Service provider and Social Media Platforms operating within the Nigerian State to apply and obtain broadcast license for their service(s).
“Note that any Online Broadcast Service Provider that fails to obtain a license will be considered an illegal entity.”
This comes after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said on Wednesday in Abuja that all social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others must register in the country as part of the move to regulate the social media platforms.
According to Idachaba, the NBC establishment code allows the commission to request that enterprises be licensed.
Section two (b) of the NBC act of 2004 states: “(1) The Commission shall have [the] responsibility of: Receiving, processing and considering applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including (i) cable television services, direct satellite broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting.”