President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the
broadcasting industry, including the licensing of online radio and
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who
disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the
Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit, was
responding to a request made by BON for the review of the
“I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr. President
has actually already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is
going to take care of many of the issues you have already raised here.
“In particular, the President has approved that WebTVs and radio stations,
including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, will be
licensed because we must bring sanity into this industry. Mr.
President has also approved a wide range of reforms in the industry
which, at the appropriate platform, I will let you know,” he said.
The Minister, who promised to carry along members of BON in the review
of the Broadcasting Code, restated the commitment of the present
administration to free media.
“I have said it on many platforms that this administration is not
about to gag the press. No! But we will appeal to the press to please
self-regulate for the sake of this country and also for the sake of
the industry itself,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed also appealed to BON to partner with the government in
the promotion of peaceful co-existence and cohesion in order to
engender progress and national development.
“Today, if anybody listens to what is being said on some radio or
television stations, you will think that this country is at war or that
Christians actually cannot live with Muslims or that there is a
dichotomy between the North and the South. I think we need to appeal
to you to use your platforms for the unity and cohesion of the
country,” he said.
In his remarks, the Acting Chairman of BON, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa,
said the re-appointment of the Minister was deserving because he
brought life and great innovation to the broadcast industry during the
first tenure of the administration.
He pledged the readiness of BON to key into the government’s agenda,
especially the fight against fake news. Daylight