Court nullifies NBC’s power to impose fines on broadcast stations

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja,  yesterday declared as ‘null and void’ the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, authorising the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to impose fines on broadcast stations for alleged breaches of the Code, as it ruled that administrative and regulatory bodies could not exercise judicial powers. The judgment was delivered by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, in response to a suit filed by the Media Rights Agenda (MRA) against NBC. The legal challenge came after the Commission imposed fines of N5 million each on a television station…

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2024 Budget: Senate expresses concern over ‘meagre’ N1bn allocations to Information Ministry

The upper chamber of the National Assembly has expressed concern over the meagre allocations proposed for the Ministry of Information and National Orientation. The Senate Committee on Information made this observation during the budget defence of the Ministry of Information. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris Malagi, had told the committee that the N1billion earmarked for the Ministry as capital expenditure in 2024, would not be anyway sufficient for implementation of the programmes. The Senate Committee on Information expressed its displeasure at the meagre allocations, after it took a…

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Broadcasting: “NTA, FRCN’s use of 40-yr-old obsolete equipment unacceptable” – Info Minister, Idris

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, says the usage of obsolete equipment for broadcasting by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) is unacceptable. “In this time and age of innovation, technology and digital transformation, using obsolete equipment for broadcasting is unacceptable”. He said, “I am in Kaduna to see for myself the facilities of FRCN and NTA Zonal Offices. It is important to note that the FRCN’s transmitter at Jaji was installed over 40 years ago. Some facilities have been there…

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Court refuses to vacate judgment barring NBC from enforcing fines on broadcast stations

The Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, struck out the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) application for an order setting aside its judgment preventing it from imposing fines on broadcast stations in the country. In his decision, Justice James Omotosho dismissed all of NBC’s arguments, calling them “an afterthought”. Despite being served with the originating procedure and hearing notifications in the case leading to the judgment, Justice Omotosho concluded that the commission neglected to file its defence. Contrary to the NBC’s claim that it was not served with the court procedures…

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‘Some Nigerian Broadcasting Codes violate human rights’ – ECOWAS Court

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has declared some provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code as infringements on Nigerian citizens’ rights, including freedom of expression. The affected provisions of the law, the sixth edition, are Articles 3 (1) (1), 3(1) (2), 15(2) (1) of the NBC and Article 15 (5) (1) of the amendments to the code. The court, according to a statement from its communications unit, delivered the judgement on 23 October, declaring that the codes “contravene Article 9 (1) & (2) of the African Charter on human and Peoples’…

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Oil Industry: ‘Appointment of Soneye as NNPCL Chief Corporate Communications Officer apt’ – NUJ

The Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ), has described the appointment of Femi Soneye as the Chief Communications Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, (NNPCL), as apt, given the transition in the oil industry. This was stated in a statement by the National Secretary of NUJ, Shu’aibu Usman Leman. The Union commended the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL, Mele Kyari, for the choice of Soneye, saying he has global expertise and experience in journalism, information and communications. According to the statement, “The NUJ National Secretariat lauds the…

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NNPCL appoints Olufemi Soneye as Chief Corporate Communications Officer

Aminu Imam The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has announced the appointment of a Chief Corporate Communications Officer; Olufemi Oladapo Soneye.  The company made the announcement through an October 18 statement  signed by the management team.  In the statement, the company said the decision to appoint Mr. Soneye is in line with the company’s brand penetration.   The official statement reads:“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Olufemi Oladapo Soneye as our Chief Corporate Communications Officer.   “Mr. Soneye, a seasoned journalist with full-time and freelance experiences at some of…

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BON cautions FG on sale of spectrum to telecommunication operators

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has cautioned the government to halt the sale of the spectrum primarily allocated to broadcast organisations to telecom operators because of the devastating effects the sale will have on future development of television and radio in the country. The organisation gave the caution in a communiqué issued at the end of its General Assembly and Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at Transcorp Hotel Abuja, and anticipated consequences it will have on the general public. The communiqué chairman, Ahaziah Abubakar Suleiman emphasised that the organisation…

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“Social media not Nigeria’s problem; reject Bill to regulate it” – SERAP urges NASS

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and Speaker of House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas “to reject the recently reintroduced social media regulation Bill, which if passed would unduly restrict the rights to freedom of expression and privacy”. In the letter dated 14 October 2023, signed by SERAP Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said the Bill would “criminalise the legitimate and lawful exercise of human rights”. It urged them to “request the administration of President Bola Tinubu to drop any ongoing efforts to put pressure on Google,…

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BON cautions FG on sale of spectrum to telecom operators

Aminu Imam The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has cautioned the government to halt the sale of the spectrum primarily allocated to broadcast organisations to telecom operators because of the devastating effects the sale will have on future development of television and radio in the country. The organisation gave the caution in a communique issued at the end of its General Assembly and Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at Transcorp Hotel Abuja, and anticipated consequences it will have on the general public. The communique chairman, Ahaziah Abubakar Suleiman emphasised that…

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