Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has come out to say that the online media space in the country will soon be regulated.
TheCable recently reported that Lai Mohammed revealed this today in Abuja when he inaugurated a seven-man committee set up to implement reforms in the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Lai said President Buhari has approved an amendment to the NBC act to aid license WebTv and radio stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria.
His words, “The terms of reference of the committee are as follows; To establish and publish a new regulation for the licensing of web and internet broadcasters/international broadcasters in Nigeria.”
“To immediately commence work on all statutory, legal and regulatory framework for further legislative action on the review of the NBC act by the national assembly.
“To work out the modalities for competitive and reasonable salaries, wages and other welfare needs of the staff of the commission.
“To establish necessary protocols for the establishment or appointment of professionals or technocrats (non-partisan personality) to run the agency, and appointment into the board of the NBC.”
“I have no doubt that this committee, which comprises highly-experienced professionals and administrators, will carry out a thorough job that will reposition the NBC as an effective and efficient regulator.”