Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, has approved the licensing of online radio and television stations.
36naija.com reports that this was disclosed by Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit.
On the reason for the decision, Mohammed said the Federal Government was responding to a request made by BON for the review of the Broadcasting Code.
According to him,
“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,” the minister said.