President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of 159 new radio stations across the country.
This was made known by Balarabe Ilelah, director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Tuesday.
“Following the approval granted by the president, NBC has released the list of 159 licences granted to companies, communities and institutions of higher learning,” he said in a statement.
“The commission was established by the NBC ACT, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation 2004 with the mandate to regulate and control broadcasting in Nigeria. Today, there are a total of 625 functional broadcast stations in Nigeria.”
The DG said the newly-approved licenses included that of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro (radio), Prospective Union of Reno People (radio), Smile Community Radio Initiative, Irawo Tuntun Community Development Association (radio), and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture radio.
Dudu African Broadcasting Communications Ltd., Independent Television, Prince Media Network, Jamkat Integrity Investment Ltd., Hikima Media Services, and Galaxy Television Radio were also granted licences.
Also approved are Hi-Fidelity Communications, B360 Nigeria Ltd., Communication Faculties Ltd., Godfrey Okoye University Radio, Art Broadcasting Company, Hamdana Media, Sunshine Radio, Blue Print Newspapers Ltd., NV Broadcasting Company Ltd., among others.